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Chris Jericho Says WWE “Hurt Their Own Brand” Competing With AEW

Chris Jericho

Responding to Triple H’s comments about the “imaginary war” between AEW and NXT, Chris Jericho says that WWE hurt NXT in trying to compete with AEW.

Following NXT’s move to Tuesday nights, Triple H described the rivalry between the two as an “imaginary war.” The Game went on to explain that the move would benefit NXT as they would have their own space where they wouldn’t be seen to be constantly in competition.

However, a feisty Chris Jericho has shot back at the comments saying that WWE intended take away AEW’s viewers by initially being on Wednesdays, but in the end they “failed.”

Speaking to Joseph Staszewski of The New York Post, Jericho called the comments “Typical WWE.”

“That’s typical WWE… It’s typical rhetoric. Because I believe that they congratulated us the first week and said, if you remember, ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint.’ We won the marathon, right? So now it’s an imaginary war. Well then why were they saying it’s a marathon, not a sprint a year and a half ago when our first rating came out?”

“It will be there for the rest of time, it was an ‘imaginary war,’ and if it wasn’t a war why did they take Wednesday night the exact same time that we had?” Jericho said. “It was there to take away our ratings and for us not to get re-signed. Three months after that started we were re-signed to a hundreds-of millions-of-dollars extension. They failed.”

“The Demo God” continued, praising AEW’s performance during the pandemic, before adding that WWE hurt NXT by competing with AEW.

We’ve done a great job of putting on amazing television throughout this pandemic,”

“We never took our eyes off the storytelling, which is what it’s all about. And we never lost our cool factor either, which I think NXT and WWE lost a lot of.”

“They started kind of cutting off your nose to spite your face and just kept holding on and holding on and hurting their own brand and hot-shoting everything to get ratings and they just weren’t getting it,” Jericho said. “So whatever reason they left, good for them, they’re a great company.”
On the upcoming edition of AEW Dynamite, Chris Jericho will lead the Inner Circle against The Pinnacle in the first ever Blood and Guts Match. The stacked card will also see Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley and Cody Rhodes in action.
Meanwhile, the May 4th episode of NXT will see the return of Finn Balor, and Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon will defend their NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles against The Way.