WWE Conceding Defeat To AEW?

The first head-to-head battle between AEW and WWE took place last night, as AEW Dynamite premiered against WWE NXT.

According to Wrestling Inc., while final viewership numbers will be available later this afternoon, it appears as if AEW won the first week. Dynamite scored a 0.7 overnight Nielsen rating, compared to a 0.5 for NXT.

WWE apparently knows the final rating for AEW will beat NXT as they sent Wrestling Inc. the following statement:

"Congratulations to AEW on a successful premiere. The real winners of last night's head-to-head telecasts of NXT on USA Network and AEW on TNT are the fans, who can expect Wednesday nights to be a competitive and wild ride as this is a marathon, not a one-night sprint."