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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Discusses WrestleMania Plans, WWE Contracts’ Status Update, and NXT’s Surge in Viewership

In a wrestling news scoop revolving around high profile superstars and glowing performance metrics, we have significant updates.

To kick things off, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson unveiled some rather interesting details about a potential dream match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. The veteran superstar appeared on The Pat McAfee Show recently, shedding light on how a headliner showdown at WrestleMania 39 had been “locked in”. However, it seems the plans have since been shelved as both parties could not agree on a “big picture”, an element that according to Johnson, the fans deserve.

Not ruling out the bigger possibility, The Rock showed great interest for a face-off with Reigns at next year’s WrestleMania 40. Johnson displayed an open attitude towards this possibility during his recent interview, adding that fans can look forward to something “unprecedented”.

However, it’s not just The Rock making headlines: The status of The Dyad’s WWE contracts also became a subject of interest recently. Pushing against initial reports that The Dyad’s contracts had expired, it seems that the duo is still contracted until October 14. As per insider inputs, the general consensus is that they will leave the company once the contract expires, unless they decide to change their minds.

With this scenario, WWE is believed to have started preemptively writing them out of the shows, in a subtle nod to their impending exit.

On a brighter note, NXT rocks the ratings game. The September 12th episode marked great strides in viewership, registering a significant increase in key demographics, with viewership ratings surging to 850,000 on the USA Network.

One of the key reasons behind this leap in numbers is the massive uptick in the male demographic and younger viewership groups, pushing NXT’s key demographic ranking to the 2nd place spot. The noticeable attendance of male viewers and the modest jump in female viewership seem to have helped NXT clock a record viewership figure last seen in October 28, 2020.

Comparatively, NXT managed to top AEW’s Dynamite show in the Over 50 viewership and Female 35-49 key demographic viewership, further explaining WWE’s strategy to rope in main roster talent on their shows.

With more exciting developments on the horizon, next year promises to bring in more action and exciting face-offs, both in the ring and in the ratings game. Stay tuned as we keep you updated on all the highs and lows of this roller-coaster world of pro wrestling.

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