WWE producer Shane Helms, formerly known as The Hurricane has dismissed suggestions that recent ratings for SmackDown and AEW Rampage were a “hot topic” backstage.
On October 18th the ratings for the most recent episodes of Friday Night SmackDown and AEW Rampage were made available to the public.
These particular numbers were especially highly anticipated as it was the first time that AEW and a main roster WWE show had gone directly head-to-head.
The most recent episode of SmackDown ran for two and a half hours with the last 30 minutes airing commercial free. This meant that the final half an hour of the show overlapped with the opening half hour of AEW Rampage. The show also featured a Buy In for the first time ever. The hour long show on YouTube featured the dream match between Minoru Suzuki and Bryan Danielson.
While SmackDown pulled in more viewers overall, both shows drew the same rating in the 18-49 year old demographic. In addition, it was reported that Rampage actually beat SmackDown in the demographic during the 30 minutes that the shows were in direct opposition.
As news of the figures spread around the wrestling world at break-neck speed, a new report emerged suggesting that the ratings were a “hot topic” backstage within WWE ahead of Raw.
However, WWE producer Shane Helms has now dismissed the report, stating that the ratings weren’t discussed.
As someone who was there, I didn’t hear one word spoken about it. Not a single word. 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/CeJecqqLSe
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) October 19, 2021
At least for the time being it appears that the ratings battle was a one off. The upcoming episode of SmackDown is set to return to it’s usual two-hour running time, meaning it won’t clash with Rampage.
The October 22nd edition of the blue brand will see all of the fall-out from Crown Jewel which takes place the night before.
Meanwhile in AEW, Rampage will see the start of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament.