The statement reads like, “Congratulations to AEW on a successful premiere. The real winners of last night’s head-to-head telecasts of NXT on USA Network and AEW on TNT are the fans, who can expect Wednesday nights to be a competitive and wild ride as this is a marathon, not a one-night sprint.”
AEW had a sold-out crowd over 14,000 fans in Washington, D.C., at the famed Capital One Arena on TNT. On the flip side, WWE aired NXT from Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University on the USA Network,
NXT Champion Adam Cole vs. Matt Riddle and NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) were the top two matches for the NXT broadcast. The show also featured the returns of Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa.
For AEW, PAC vs. Hangman Page and Chris Jericho, Ortiz & Santana vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) & Kenny Omega were billed as the top matches. Jake Hager (Jack Swagger) made his debut at the end of the show.