Tuesday night’s episode of "WWE NXT" set the wrestling community abuzz, garnering significant attention from its dedicated viewership, as revealed by PWTorch. The episode pulled in a staggering 776,000 viewers, marking its highest average rating in over two years.
This figure represents a notable increase from the previous week, which saw 717,000 viewers. In essence, that's an additional 59,000 wrestling enthusiasts who tuned in, solidifying this episode as a pivotal moment in the brand's recent history.
What’s more, the 18-49 demographic maintained a consistent .23 rating for three consecutive weeks. In comparison to last year’s metrics at this juncture, "NXT" is faring considerably well. The current yearly average stands at 619,000, surpassing last year’s 596,000, hinting at the brand's growing momentum.
Mysterio's Legacy Elevates Bout
The episode's crowning moment was undeniably the face-off between "NXT" North American Champion Dominik Mysterio and challenger Dragon Lee. The bout was heightened by the presence of lucha libre legend and WWE Hall of Famer, Rey Mysterio, who stood firmly in his son's corner.
For Dragon Lee, having Rey Mysterio by his side was an affirming testament to his rising stature within the WWE landscape. Additionally, the show served fans a treat with Tyler Bate taking on and briefly holding Noam Dar's NXT UK Heritage Cup before subsequently relinquishing it.
Since his dramatic debut on July 18, when he captured the North American Championship title from Wes Lee, Dominik has consistently bolstered "NXT" ratings. Labelled "Dirty" Dom, he, along with fellow Judgment Day members Rhea Ripley, Damian Priest, and Finn Balor, have dominated screens not only on Tuesdays but also on the flagship "WWE Raw" Monday nights.
Within WWE's corporate chambers, the buzz around Judgment Day is palpable. Ripley's reigning period as the WWE Women's World Champion, Damian Priest's win as the Men's Money In The Bank, and Mysterio's dominance in the North American title division undeniably indicate a bright future for this group.