Chris Jericho was a guest on Busted Open Radio today and was asked about the news that NXT will be moving to USA Network on Wednesday nights starting September 18th and go head-to-head with AEW on TNT starting October 2nd.
Jericho said that he feels that WWE is making a “reactionary” move and that it will further dilute WWE’s product, adding that all wrestling promotions should do their thing and not worry about what the others are doing.
On if WWE’s decision to counter AEW on TNT with NXT on USA could backfire: “I think it is because once again, we still don’t know who are fanbase is. I don’t think there is a lot of crossover to WWE fans and AEW fans. I think a lot of people that are into AEW are people like you just mentioned, that maybe haven’t watched wrestling in awhile, or maybe are looking for something different. They really don’t like WWE, I don’t know.”
On how WWE’s decision with NXT could further dilute their product: I think WWE is great but the point is, there is too many WWE as it is and by adding another two hours, that really dilutes their product, it dilutes their mindset, it dilutes their focus, it’s a reactionary move, it’s done by a guy who wants to start a war when we don’t care if you want to start a war. That was never our intention. There’s no war for us. We’re just doing what we’re doing. Some people don’t like that and they’re reacting to it. And it just dilutes their own product. Do you remember in the 90s, Nitro would start at 7:57 and RAW started at 8, and the reason why they got that three minutes early is because we wanted our pyro to be before theirs. Who gives a crap? Who cares what the pyro is? What’s the show like? Don’t worry about what the other guy is doing, worry about your own stuff.
On how he doesn’t care what other promotions are doing: And I think that’s something that, with AEW’s attitude, with what we’re thinking, at least what I’m thinking, I don’t care about any other wrestling company in the world. I want everyone to do good, everyone do what you want to do, be the best you can be, whether it’s WWE, or Ring of Honor, or Impact, or New Japan, or AAA, or friggin’ George Swanson show down at the Armory on a Friday night. Do your thing. We don’t care. And I think that’s one of the reasons, it makes us cool, it’s a typical thing, the more other people do, the more it makes us look revolutionary and cool and we haven’t even started yet, just wait until we start.”
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EXCLUSIVE In the wake of #NXT's potential move to a live Wednesday night show on the USA Network, @IAmJericho tells @davidlagreca1 & @bullyray5150 that @AEWrestling is just doing their thing and not trying to start a war pic.twitter.com/OsR8lYMnC3
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