• Tony Khan Says This Week’s RAW Sucked
During an interview with Barstool Sports, AEW President Tony Khan talked about this Friday’s head-to-head battle between WWE & AEW & more.
Below are the highlights:
On AEW Dynamite being moved from Wednesday to Saturday this week due to the start of the NHL season:
“It sucks to not be on Wednesday night, this week [especially] to be honest. We’re on this great run recently. We had 6 straight weeks as the #1 show on cable and satellite on Wednesday night.
The show is huge thanks to the great fans and the great support of Barstool and outlets that give AEW coverage and have allowed AEW to come from nothing, nowhere 2 years ago to now in the eyes of many, over a million fans, the number one wrestling company in America.
I’m just really fired up, even though we’re not on Wednesday the next couple of weeks. It allows us to make these big weekend events. We do Friday Night Rampage every week on TNT, but this week we get to do Friday Night Rampage and Saturday Night Dynamite.”
On AEW Rampage airing after WWE SmackDown:
“We’ve really allowed the shows to co-exist. I put my show on consciously after SmackDown, knowing that there’s a huge audience that watches that show and many of those people are going to watch Rampage.
It’s been a huge hit for TNT. We’ve had nights where we were number one. We’ve been in the top 10, top 20 consistently.
I want for the fans to be able to watch all the wrestling. I’ll coin a phrase right now that I’ll use from now on: WYW. Watch your wrestling. Whatever you want to watch, watch it. A lot of people have chosen to watch AEW because it’s the best show.”
On WWE SmackDown going head-to-head with AEW Rampage for 30 minutes this Friday:
“It’s the second time they’ve chosen to put their wrestling head-to-head with mine. The last time they did it, it didn’t happen overnight, but really from the start AEW consistently did better numbers than NXT, and we won that war. AEW is now the Wednesday night show.
I want Rampage to be just as big as Dynamite in time. Dynamite has consistently been #1. My goal is for this show to be the top cable show. If they’re going to do a show on cable, that’s great. We’re competing for that.”
On if AEW Rampage will defeat WWE SmackDown in viewership this Friday night:
“We’ll see what happens. I’m not saying for sure we’ll win, and maybe the odds are against us in some ways. But we’re going to give a better show. I know. If you don’t believe me, watch the go-home show they did last night, because it sucked.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 12, 1985) – WWF Championship Wrestling
On this day in 1985, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Championship Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and featured matches & interviews on the road to the “WWF The Wrestling Classic” PPV.
You can find the match-card below:
1. Junkyard Dog & Pedro Morales vs. Jerry Adams & Mike Donatello
2. Don Muraco vs. Jose Luis Rivera
3. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. Tony Garea & Red Walsh
4. King Kong Bundy vs. Darryl Bowlin
5. Adrian Adonis vs. Jimmy Jackson
6. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo vs. Ron Shaw & Mr. X