A few months ago AEW added their second show Rampage to their schedule, and a few weeks ago Rampage went head to head with a Supersized SmackDown that aired on FS1. For 30 minutes the two shows went head to head, and Rampage kicked off with CM Punk vs. Matt Sydal while Becky Lynch faced Sasha Banks on SmackDown.
AEW President Tony Khan recently appeared on The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz, and he shared his thoughts on how ratings came into play during the head to head battle.
“CM Punk won his segment decisively, and then the second segment, which was Ruby Soho vs. The Bunny, two female wrestlers who fans had been just really mean to and said, ‘Your segments not going to do well.’ Ruby Soho is a big star who had been fired from WWE just months earlier. And they went up against a contract signing of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.”
“If you look at it, they tied it, but in their 15 minute quarter, that’s where I pushed all six minutes of the commercials, so actually, without the commercials, they would have beaten that segment. And then the previous 15-minute quarter was CM Punk and Matt Sydal head to head with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, and that is a big match. And our match was a big match too, and it decisively beat their match.”
CM Punk will face Eddie Kingston at the Full Gear pay-per-view on Saturday, November 13. Stay tuned for updates.
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