AEW are seemingly looking to compete against the WWE as Battle of The Belts is scheduled to rival Extreme Rules.
The fourth AEW Battle of The Belts will be taped following a live episode of Rampage in Washington, DC and will be aired the day after on October 8th.
The AEW Battle of The Belts specials have been on a downwards trend as their third battle of the belts was watched by only 437 thousand viewers. Were as their first battle of the belts on January 8th was watched by 704 thousand viewers.
This is not the first time a competitor of the WWE has aired telivision specials to rival a WWE Pay-Per-View. Jim Crockett Promotions aired the first Clash of Champions to rival Wrestlemania 4 in 1988 to great success as they achieved a 7.1 rating for the main event of Sting Vs Ric Flair. The next year WCW aired a Clash of Champions with the main event of Ric Flair Vs Ricky Steamboat to rival Wrestlemania 5, but to a diminishing defeat as they only achieved a 4.3 rating, an all time low for a Clash of Champions at that point.
Tony Khan will certainly be looking for a Clash of Champions 1 type of success, but may have to book as stacked of a card to compete against WWE Extreme Rules.