SO having finished watching both shows I thought I would put down a few thoughts in comparison.
I’ll start off by saying I think both shows were generally great way better than most WWE main roster shows. That said NXT was IMO the far better show, and it was very evident WWE was playing the “war” game at a higher level then AEW. Starting off with the NXT title match means that if you were checking back and forth you probably stayed on NXT for that match, and it was the best match on either show. Then NXT had picture in picture wrestling through every commercial so that there was less incentive to turn the channel to AEW if you were enjoying the NXT show. The NXT women’s matches were also both better than the AEW women’s title match which seemed awkward at times. I also didn’t really like that the AEW women’s title match seemed to be the point where the announce team chose to highlight the upcoming schedule, and that the women’s title belt looked tiny.
One segment on AEW that seemed strange to me was the Lucha Bros and SCU interaction. Those teams are not even on the same side of the tag team bracket, so the only way they face one another is if both teams win their respective brackets. So either this is telegraphing the outcome, or kind of pointless. I mean they could have booked this as a round 1 match.
On the flip side AEW came across as the much bigger event with the huge crowd and celebrities in attendance (Jay and Silent Bob trump Hall and Nash.)
I also think it is far more likely that AEW can continue to produce similar quality shows then NXT will be able to. AEW had a fairly standard TV show with one title match, and some good segments and wresting, whereas NXT put up almost a takeover quality card with 3 title matches. They also advertised the limited commercials will that be a thing going forward? If not that will take a toll. Are they going to do picture in picture commercials every week? If not that will also take a toll.