News shows relating to the coronavirus dominated the television on Wednesday night, significantly affecting AEW Dynamite’s ratings, and somewhat NXT’s. During the shows, news broke of Trump’s Europe travel ban, Tom Hanks contracting the virus and the NBA suspending the league.
AEW had 766,000 average viewers, which was a 15.5% decline from last week, and NXT had 697,000 average viewers, also declining but only by 2.9% from the previous week. The reason for the more substantial AEW decline than NXT is likely due to NXT’s audience predominantly being older and seemingly being less interested in the latest coronavirus news.
NXT was from the Performace Center and opened with Keith Lee retaining his NXT North American Champion over Cameron Grimes, A confrontation between Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley that ended with Flair wrapping Flair applying a figure-four around a ring post on Ripley. NXT Tag Team Champions Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne defeating Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly, with the show closing with a Tommaso Ciampa/Johnny Gargano brawl throughout the venue.
AEW opened with Cody defeating Ortiz, Bea Priestly turning on Nyla Rose after a tag match hitting her with the belt, setting up a future match, and amain event of Hangman Page and Dustin Rhodes defeating Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara.
AEW has already announced that next week’s Dynamite (which has now changed locations) will feature the reveal of the Exalted One, PAC and the Lucha Brothers vs. Best Friends and Orange Cassidy, The Exalted One reveal, and a six-man tag team match for advantage in the upcoming Blood & Guts match.