Triple H led NXT is currently showcasing Great American Bash, a two-week special at the same time as AEW Fyter Fest, which also happens to be a two-week special.
AEW may only be a year old. However, it is already seen as WWE’s biggest competition in the US. WWE legend and NXT head honcho Triple H also admits to there being a healthy competition between both companies.
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Triple H however, denies intentionally counter-booking ‘Great American Bash’ opposite AEW Fyter Fest. In a discussion with Sports Illustrated, he claimed that the timing happened to be perfect, fitting right in between ‘NXT: In your House’ and the SummerSlam TakeOver.
“It absolutely is part of healthy of competition,” Triple H said. “Anyone that thinks it isn’t, to a degree, is being naive to the situation. You saw that back in the day when Clash of Champions was counter-programming [to WrestleMania IV].
“At the same point, it can’t drive your booking decisions. Obviously, there are counter-programming decisions, but I can tell you exactly how this came about. Almost all of these storylines were headed where they are now.
“There was a gap, timing wise, between In Your House and what will become the SummerSlam TakeOver, and you need a halfway point and a build. This is that halfway point. So, it doesn’t change our decision-making process. I don’t counter-book, I book what’s right for NXT.”
This isn’t the first time the WWE have counter-booked a show opposite AEW. WWE moved NXT from the WWE Network to the USA Network to counter AEW Dynamite that also happens to air Wednesday nights.
They also aired EVOLVE’s 10th anniversary special at the same time as AEW’s Fight For The Fallen.
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