Chris Jericho believes WWE’s recent ratings win over AEW wasn’t as impressive as some believe.
On October 10th, NXT and AEW Dynamite went head-to-head with each company pulling out all the stops to try and ensure victory. AEW promoted Dynamite as “Title Tuesday” and the show featured a number of the company’s biggest stars.
For their part, WWE called on several main roster stars with the likes of John Cena, Cody Rhodes, LA Knight, Paul Heyman, and even The Undertaker making an appearance.
When all was said and done it was NXT that won out pulling in 921,000 viewers compared to Dynamite’s 609,000 viewers.
Speaking to The Messenger, Chris Jericho gave his thoughts on the head-to-head, claiming the win for NXT wasn’t actually all that impressive. The veteran also revealed that he pitched bringing back Shaq, Snoop Dogg, and Mike Tyson to Tony Khan.
“You know, you can only bring in Cena and Undertaker and Cody and everybody else so much because nobody wants to work on their secondary show all the time. And it was a fun little, ‘Hey, F-you AEW.’ I didn’t even really worry about it. I told Tony, ‘Well, if you want to fire back, bring in Shaq and Snoop Dogg and those types of guys, Mike Tyson. But Tony didn’t do that.
We relied on our show and our guys and our girls, and that’s the way it’s always been for us. This would be like a football game where you bring in all of your top stars from years prior and beat the other team 30-26. It’s like a video game. Let’s bring in Tom Brady from five years ago and then play him for one game against Chris Jericho. OK, you guys won, but you only won 30-26,
So, don’t get too far up your own ass because you didn’t do that good of a job as far as crushing us. And our show was better than theirs, quite frankly. So, it doesn’t bother me. It’s competition, man. It’s good for the fans, it’s good for the companies.”
Chris Jericho Backs Tony Khan
During the interview, Chris Jericho also came to the defence of Tony Khan and his use of social media. In the days before and after the head-to-head AEW boss Khan was in a fighting mood on social media, taking jabs at WWE at every opportunity.
While it was reported that some within AEW would prefer Khan to step away from posting so regularly, Jericho simply said he can do whatever wants, and he’s not going to be the one to tell him what to do.