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Mike Tyson Helps AEW Dynamite Blow Past WWE NXT

AEW Dynamite handily beat WWE NXT with a Double or Nothing fallout show featuring a show-closing brawl between Mike Tyson and Chris Jericho. Given early reports of overachieving numbers for Double or Nothing, AEW was hoping to maximize a potential pay-per-view bump with an appearance by the boxing legend though both shows were up big.

Dynamite drew an average viewership of 827,000, up 18% from 701,000 last week. Dynamite came in at No. 4 in the Top 150 original cable telecasts among the 18-49 demographic. The number is AEW’s biggest since mid-March. WWE NXT garnered 731,000 viewers, up 23% from 592,000 last week. NXT came in at No. 24 in the 18-49 demo. NXT’s total viewership was its highest since mid-February.

AEW Dynamite vs. WWE NXT: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  • AEW Dynamite Total Viewership—827,000
  • AEW Dynamite Rating in 18-49 Demo—.32, No. 4
  • WWE NXT Total Viewership—731,000
  • WWE NXT Rating in 18-49 Demo—.19, No. 24

The advertised appearance by Mike Tyson is interesting in that Chris Jericho referenced a previous pro wrestling-related appearance made by Tyson on the January 11, 2010 broadcast of WWE Raw. WWE booked that appearance after learning UFC was to air a UFC Fight Night on a Monday night to go head-to-head against Raw.

UFC President Dana White marveled at Vince McMahon’s competitive spirit when recounting the move:

“I mean we’re not trying to go against him. That night is the night Spike wanted the fight. Spike wanted the fight that night, so that’s the night they called for it and Vince goes into [expletive] war mode,” said White.

“He’s calling up [Mike] Tyson. He’s bringing this guy back and the Rock might come back. I love it. He’s a [expletive] animal. You’ve never heard me say we’re going to kick the [expletive] out of Monday Night Raw. You’ve never heard me say that. I think we’re two totally different, pro wrestling is totally different than the UFC and mixed martial arts. And I respect this guy. I like Vince McMahon. I’ve had breakfast with him. He’s a good guy, but he is a [expletive] animal.”

“I’m not trying to beat him on Monday night. I don’t think we would beat them. Those guys pull killer ratings. It’s been like the highest rated show on television forever. We’re just putting a fight on Monday night because Spike wants us to.”

10 years later, yet another confrontation between Jericho and Tyson went go head-to-head against WWE NXT as the shoe is now on the other foot.

WWE NXT featured what appears to be the final appearance for top star Matt Riddle before he is called up to the main roster. The 34-year-old Riddle, who lost via submission to Timothy Thatcher in a Cage Fight, is expected to make his main roster debut this Friday on SmackDown.

In addition to “Iron” Mike Tyson, AEW Dynamite also featured the surprising debut of FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) formerly known as The Revival in WWE. The team wasted no time teasing a future match with The Young Bucks.

Upcoming AEW Dynamite Debuts, Matches and Segments

  • Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc vs. Hangman Adam Page and Kenny Omega—AEW Tag Team Championship*
  • Chris Jericho vs. Colt Cabana*
  • Jungle Boy vs. Cody—TNT Championship*

Upcoming WWE NXT Debuts, Matches and Segments

  • WWE NXT TakeOver: In Your House “Prime Target” Special+
  • Drake Maverick vs. El Hijo del Fantasma—Interim Cruiserweight Championship Finals+

AEW vs. WWE NXT Margin of victory for May 27—AEW by 11.61%

Source: Forbes Business

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