SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: The Premieres of AEW and NXT Start the ‘Wednesday Night Wars’ Off With a Bang

BY JUSTIN BARRASSO – OCT 3, 2019


chris-jericho-696x392 - EditedThe war has begun.

All Elite Wrestling premiered on TNT, while NXT made its two-hour debut on the USA Network, and the end result is that the most exciting two hours in the business now take place on Wednesday nights.

The shows were wrestling-heavy, featured surprises (welcome back, Finn Balor), and, at times, seemed to mirror one another. Both shows opened with unexpected moments, as Chris Jericho arrived to deliver a beatdown on Cody Rhodes at the same moment NXT champ Adam Cole stood face-to-face with Balor, who delighted the crowd with the announcement he had returned to NXT.

Jon Moxley also made his return to AEW, brawling Kenny Omega throughout the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC before sending Omega into a shattering glass table.

AEW crowned its first-ever women’s champion, as Riho played the role of underdog exceptionally well in her battle against Nyla Rose. Both shows ended on a high note, as Jake Hager, better known as Jack Swagger in WWE, arrived to destroy Cody and Dustin Rhodes … Read More HERE

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