Jim Ross has claimed that NXT moved to Tuesday nights because “Vince McMahon didn’t like getting his a** beat every Wednesday” by AEW Dynamite.
On September 18th 2019 WWE NXT began running a live, two-hour program every Wednesday night. This put the show in direct competition with AEW’s flagship show Dynamite.
Over the course of the next year, the two companies traded barbs as well as ratings before NXT was moved to Tuesday nights from April 13th 2021.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, available via AdFreeShows, Jim Ross said that the move was made because Vince McMahon didn’t like getting beaten every week. Ross added that seeing NXT beaten in the ratings by AEW “would have been an issue.”
“It motivates him, he doesn’t like to lose,” Ross said, regarding Vince McMahon and his opinion on WWE having competition. “I think the battle on Wednesday nights is indicative of that statement. That’s why they moved to Tuesday, he didn’t like getting his ass beat every Wednesday night. And I know we didn’t win every Wednesday night, but we won most of them. Winning one is too many for him. He’s very competitive, he believes he owns the genre.
“He is the godfather and I get it, I understand it, and I respect and appreciate his competitiveness. He works better when there’s a little pressure on him and I think that’s been proven time and time again. He’s a different breed of cat when it comes to that stuff. Reading on Thursdays who’s got this audience and which show got that audience, I can promise you it was an issue. It was definitely an issue without question.”
Elsewhere during the episode, Jim Ross, who spent much of his career with WWE, said that Monday Night Raw only switched to being three hours for money. Reflecting on the recent success of AEW Dynamite and Rampage, the legendary announcer said that it was unlikely either show would ever expand in length.
Jim Ross signed with AEW in April 2019 after leaving WWE a month earlier, deciding not to renew his contract. In his role with AEW, Ross acts as play-by-play announcer for Dynamite and all pay-per-views.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.