Why Tommy Dreamer Compares WWE-AEW Showdown to ECW Era?

Tommy Dreamer Reflects on Wrestling's Past and Present.

by Noman Rasool
Why Tommy Dreamer Compares WWE-AEW Showdown to ECW Era?
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In a recent episode of "Busted Open," co-host Dave LaGreca engaged in a conversation with IMPACT Wrestling star Tommy Dreamer about his thoughts on watching "WWE NXT" and "AEW Dynamite" going head-to-head on Tuesday night.

Dreamer's response not only shed light on his personal viewing preferences but also drew intriguing parallels to his ECW days in the late '90s. Dreamer, a key figure in the iconic Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion, reminisced, "Oof, man, I'm the worst person to ask this question for because it reminded me of back in the day 1996, '97 when Tommy Dreamer and Paul Heyman used to go into the studio, and we spent several hours of my life in the studio putting together this thing called ECW." He highlighted the significant differences in editing footage back then, reminiscing how they would flip between channels once 8 o'clock hit.

He added, "It reminded me of that. For me, I'm hardcore. I watched them both back-to-back. I watched 'NXT' first and then I went right to 'Dynamite.' Personally, I did not like watching both at the same time because I enjoy pro wrestling." His dedication stemmed from the need to analyze both shows for "Busted Open" the following day, reflecting on how he may have missed crucial moments during the "Monday Night Wars" era due to constant channel flipping.

Viewer Numbers Favor NXT

In terms of viewership, the initial head-to-head clash between "NXT" and "Dynamite" saw "NXT" outperforming its rival. "NXT" attracted 921,000 viewers and secured a 0.30 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic, while "Dynamite" garnered 609,000 total viewers and a 0.26 rating in the same demographic.

Tommy Dreamer's recollections provide a unique perspective on the current wrestling landscape, drawing parallels between the past and present. As fans continue to debate the merits of watching two major wrestling shows simultaneously, Dreamer's insights offer a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of a wrestling legend with deep roots in the industry.

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