I guess it counts as enemy territory. Over the last seven months, AEW Dynamite and NXT have gone head to head on Wednesday nights. The two shows have served as the battleground for the two companies and their battles have become one of the more talked about issues in wrestling over that time. It is clear that AEW has come to play and it turns out that the battle is not just for television.
While AEW has had some big moments since it made its debut last year, there may be no bigger moment than signing Chris Jericho. It was a huge splash as a legitimate WWE main event level talent came over to the company, giving AEW instant credibility. Jericho has made it clear that AEW is coming for WWE, so WWE did a little firing back of their own on a different battlefield.
Jericho was a guest on the Major Wrestling Figure podcast and talked about trying to see the WWE action figure area at the New York Toy Fair in February. Upon showing up, Jericho was initially told he was not allowed in but someone who worked for Mattel cleared him. Once inside, Jericho began filming videos for his Instagram page but was asked not to post it as the Mattel representative could lose his job if WWE knew Jericho was there. Jericho also thought that the WWE setup was lower quality than usual, which surprised him as it was known that AEW would be at the same event.
How do you like your Jericho? Check out his work in both companies:
Opinion: I can see both sides of this. Jericho has indeed made a lot of statements that would get under WWE’s skin, but at the same time, he was a major part of WWE for so long and made them so much money. I can understand the idea of not wanting him around for something where fans could see him, but for something where he was there on his own? I’m not sure about that, though Jericho filming could have been a big risk for WWE given what he has said since joining AEW.
Was WWE being unreasonable here? Has Jericho gone too far with his criticism of WWE? Let us know in the comments below.
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