The Wednesday Night Wars' Biggest Ratings Draws Revealed

These AEW and NXT wrestlers are winning big on Wednesdays.

Bianca Belair

This week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter features a brief but interesting writeup based on data compiled by the premiere pro-wrestling business analyst, Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, revealing the biggest individual needle-movers in the Wednesday Night Wars.

Per the report, Bianca Belair stands as "the biggest draw compared with what would be expected based on usual patterns" across AEW and NXT. She is followed by The Inner Circle, Mia Yim, Rhea Ripley, MJF, Cody, Jungle Boy, Io Shirai, Matt Riddle, and Dakota Kai.

Some surprising names in there for sure, but caveats are required. While Thurston's survey was based on "how much different characters grew or lost ratings based on the usual rating for that position in the show," the data is limited, and only encompasses AEW Dynamite from 10 October to 2 December and WWE NXT from 6 November to 2 December. Meltzer also notes that segment positioning must be taken into account, as wrestlers involved in the openers will generally fare better than those featured later on in the night.

Regardless, it's interesting to see a name like Belair stand out at the top of the people. The result is testament to her power as a growing WWE star.

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