There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Shaquille O'Neal's AEW debut, but the giant brushed aside any doubts. The former NBA star has in fact demonstrated that he knows how to stay in the ring, keeping up with Cody Rhodes and also crashing on two tables.
A bump that went viral in a short time and about which numerous international newspapers have spoken. Apparently, the presence of Shaq proved to be a success also from the point of view of the ratings. As reported by Showbuzz Daily, in fact, last night's episode of Dynamite kept 934 thousand spectators glued to the screen, an absolute record for 2021 at AEW.
Once again, NXT paid the price, with only 692,000 spectators. And it is very likely, as has been discussed for days, that the WWE yellow show can reverse and move to Tuesday evening, thus marking the end of the rating war.
Shaquille O'Neal propels AEW Dynamite's rating
Given the great result obtained, it is very likely that AEW will continue to focus on the former basketball player, perhaps making him clash with Big Show in the future.
A match between the two had been rumored several times in the past, especially after Shaquille O'Neal's shock appearance at WrestleMania 32's Andrè The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but the plans never materialized.
The latter has recently made his debut at Dynamite and has promised the signing of a great fighter, which will be announced on Sunday at the PPV Revolution. Meanwhile, NXT has decided to make next week's episode loaded, announcing a great titled match between reigning champion Finn Balor and challenger Adam Cole.
The former leader of the Undisputed Era, after having definitively dissolved the stable in the worst way, is ready to return to the limelight in the titled area of the yellow show. We will see how AEW will respond with Dynamite but, considering that it will be the post PPV episode, there will undoubtedly be a lot of meat on the fire.
Meanwhile, on WWE NXT, the show opened with Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher taking on the NXT Tag Team Champions, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. The show closed with NXT Champion Finn Balor taking on Roderick Strong. What did you think of AEW and NXT last night? What was your favorite show? Did you have a favorite match or segment? Let us know by sounding off in the comments section below.
This week NXT entered the Top 20 on cable, placing 19th for the evening. AEW Dynamite, on the other hand, came in sixth overall. Both companies should be quite pleased with their placement on Wednesday, with both AEW and NXT doing great numbers once again.