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AEW REGAINS RATINGS EDGE OVER NXT
AEW slightly regained the lead this week over NXT in the ratings, but only by a margin of under 10,000 viewers.
AEW Dynamite averaged 851,000 viewers last night, edging out NXT, which did 845,000 viewers. AEW’s ratings were up 28 percent from last week’s series low.
NXT scored victories in categories other than 50+. In persons 18-34, NXT had a slight edge of 0.2 to 0.19. In females 12-34, they scored a 0.12 to 0.11 win.
WWE QUIETLY LAUNCHES FREE NETWORK TIER
The free tier of the WWE Network quietly launched this morning.
The homepage for non-subscribers can be seen at watch.WWE.com now, as long as you’re not logged into an active subscriber account. It shows several carousels with content in them, some of which are locked.
There’s also a box above the carousels to plug what’s currently showing on the WWE Network live feed. The ‘recently added’ carousel features a lot of videos from WWE’s YouTube channel, but this will change over time according to PWInsider.
WWE BACKSTAGE RATINGS UP
This latest episode of WWE Backstage drew the second-best ratings the show has done in its regular time slot.
It averaged 138,000 viewers on FS1 last night, up from the 121,000 viewers last week. In the 18-49 demo, it drew a 0.08 rating.
Last night’s Backstage featured an interview with Seth Rollins. A Promo School segment with Stephen Amell was also advertised, but Amell had to miss the show due to a pinched nerve in his back.
NAMES CONFIRMED FOR NEXT WWE TRYOUT
As reported by Squared Circle Sirens, WWE is holding another round of tryouts at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando this week.
One of the stand-out names on these tryouts is the daughter of Steven Seagal, Arissa LeBrock. Also rumoured to be involved are:
- Current GirlFight Champion and one half of SHINE Tag Team Champions Aja Perera
- Mexican weightlifter Jennifer Cantu
- Russian MMA Fighter Lainey Nations
NXT TITLE NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS MATCH NEXT WEEK
Last night’s NXT ended with the announcement that Keith Lee, Tommaso Ciampa, and Finn Balor will face off in a number one contender’s triple threat match next week.
The winner will face Adam Cole for the NXT Championship on the December 18 edition of the show.
Keith Lee pinned the champion Cole in a six-man tag team match on last night’s episode, where himself, Dominic Dijakovic and Tomasso Ciampa defeated The Undisputed Era.
RIPLEY VS BASZLER NXT WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH ANNOUNCED
Rhea Ripley is getting her shot at Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship on the Wednesday, December 18th episode of NXT.
Baszler will defend her title against Ripley after it was announced following a beatdown from Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessemyn Duke. Baszler laid down to challenge to Ripley for two weeks time.
ROMAN REIGNS IN ACTION ON SMACKDOWN
WWE has announced Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler for Friday’s SmackDown episode on FOX.
It was previously announced that King Baron Corbin was looking to “humiliate” Reigns on this week’s show. We will also have an update on Daniel Bryan after his incident with WWE Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt last week.
Friday Night Smackdown taking place at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
AEW SIGN KRIS STATLANDER
AEW’s Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes confirmed to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Snowden that AEW have signed Kris Statlander.
In last week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that Kris Statlander would likely sign with All Elite Wrestling, beating WWE to the punch who expected Statlander to sign with them in January.
The former WSU Spirit Champion has featured prominently in the young promotion in recent weeks.
JERICHO VS JUNGLE BOY MADE FOR FINAL DYNAMITE OF 2019
On tonight’s episode of Dynamite, Chris Jericho came out and said he was contractually obligated to wrestle one more time this year on December 18th. he was confronted by the Jurassic Express, with Jungle Boy challenging him to a match. It will be a non-title match.
The year-end edition of Dynamite will be at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.