Perhaps the biggest wrestling news story of the week is the debut of AEW Dynamite on TNT. The show went head-to-head with NXT on Wednesday evening and WWE has acknowledged the competition, wishing AEW success on their new venture.
But what does AEW’s champion, Chris Jericho, think of the compliment?
He went on to say the following regarding the event:
On WWE sending out a congratulatory message to AEW: “Because they’re embarrassed. I know how they work. And the fact is, I haven’t seen the actual rating but I’m assuming they know how it is, and I think we probably kicked their ass. They started this. Everything that they’ve done has been a reactionary move to us. We’re not in a war with anybody besides ourselves. I don’t care if you resurrect John and George and it’s the reunion of the Beatles at the Super Bowl or whatever. All that matters is our show. You can put anything up against us, and we can’t compete with that. We can compete with what we’re doing.”
On beating NXT: “They kinda started this war, and the very first night they got destroyed. Big deal, it’s our first debut, great. But they have to come back and say, ‘It’s a marathon and not a one-night sprint.’ Who’s ever said it’s a one-night sprint? It’s not a war for us. Now, we’re placed in one, and we’re gonna kick ass because we’re gonna do what we do very, very well. There’s a little bit of an arrogance toward us that’s now gone.”
[h/t to 411mania for the transcription]
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 4, 2019
Check out what happened in the final segment of Dynamite this week:
I think that Jericho is simply trying to build AEW’s brand, which I think is completely fine. Now, while the first show built a lot of momentum, we will really see if there is a war based on the 10th, 15th, 20th, show, etc.
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