In fresh pro wrestling developments, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently discussed potentially facing off against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40 on The Pat McAfee Show. He revealed WWE’s previously “locked in” plans for this highly anticipated match at WrestleMania 39. The Rock emphasized his openness to the new possibility, iteratively highlighting the need for an “unprecedented” event for fans and WWE’s locker room. Johnson’s focus is not just on delivering a great match but doing something notable and transformative for the sport and its fans, pushing boundaries and reimagining wrestling’s future.
Meanwhile, rumors have been swirling regarding ‘The Dyad’ – Jagger Reid and Rip Fowler’s looming contract expiration. Dave Meltzer’s sources suggested that their contracts had expired, indicating the pair’s departure from WWE. Still, PWInsider’s Mike Johnson refuted this claim, stating that their contracts would only be up on October 14th. This predicament leaves fans and officials in suspense as departures could hint towards exciting developments in the wrestling industry.
In WWE’s NXT news, ratings are on the rise. The September 12th episode saw a substantial increase in overall viewership, recording 850,000, and a 0.26 key demographic rating. Dave Meltzer credits this surge to impressive performances from younger and male key demographic viewership groups, which saw substantial growth. The show’s eighth quarter and overrun viewerships climbed remarkably high, making it the highest overall viewership since October 2020, and key demographic viewership since September 2020.
This viewership surge sees NXT competing with top-rated shows, beating out major events like the MLB game of New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox and the 2023 MTV Music Awards. This viewership ascendance has prompted WWE to display their main roster talent in recent NXT shows.
With all these developments, wrestling fans have much to anticipate as they look forward to the potential epic matchup of The Rock vs. Roman Reigns, The Dyad’s decision and the industry’s growth, reflected in NXT’s booming popularity.