Shaquille O’Neal labored his first match in AEW as he teamed up with Jade Cargill to beat Cody Rhodes and Purple Velvet in a blended tag group match on Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite on TNT.
Dynamite drew 934,000 viewers and did an 0.33 (425,000 viewers) in 18-49 demographic. The viewership was up whereas the important thing demo was down in comparison with the earlier week.
Dave Meltzer reported within the newest version of the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter that the match did 1.113 million viewers, which is the biggest common mach quantity on a head-to-head evening with WWE NXT in additional than a yr.
The match passed off within the opening phase. As a result of Shaq is a widely known NBA Legend, AEW bought loads of mainstream consideration from sports activities radio and early morning speak exhibits the following day. Nonetheless, his match nor the spot the place he went by a desk didn’t make it onto SportsCenter nor did it crack the highest 20 Google searches for the day.
Again on the December 9, 2020 version of Dynamite, Shaq did an interview phase with Brandi Rhodes and Tony Schiavone To match, that present did 995,000 viewers whereas the phase with Shaq did over 1.2 million viewers. The quarter that includes Shaq averaged 1,063,000 viewers and 618,000 viewers in 18-49.