Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque slammed AEW’s victory in the Wednesday Night Wars – but Chris Jericho sees this as nothing more than a petty counterreaction to that win!
Triple H’s pre-Clash At The Castle interview with Ariel Helwani saw several talking points coming out, including comments on All Elite Wrestling defeating NXT in the Wednesday Night Wars. ‘The Game’ framed this as AEW having defeated WWE’s “developmental” system, despite having constantly referred to NXT as the third brand.
Chris Jericho has responded to ‘The King of Kings’ in a new interview with Inside The Ropes’ Alex McCarthy for talkWRESTLING. ‘The Wizard’ claimed that he was “changing the narrative” surrounding the war between AEW and NXT:
“Once again it is just changing the narrative and changing the history, which makes me laugh. Because when it started, it was not developmental, it was a third brand, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and all the other bullsh*t that they said, so of course we [AEW] beat the developmental or whatever you want to call it, but who gives a sh*t?
It’s such old news, and the show sucks, NXT sucks, it’s not a good show, and they know it. Whether they were punished or not, they probably were punished. That’s probably why Triple H said those things because he is angry that we beat them, and he is probably angry that we exist. But you know, we don’t care about WWE, we care about our show, we care about putting on the best stories that we can put on, we care about building our fanbase and building our ratings.”
Chris Jericho continued, explaining how WWE is “p*ssed off” about the continued growth and progression of the Tony Khan-helmed promotion:
“We will continue to exist and I will tell you this, my boss has a lot more money than his boss does. A lot more. So you want to go to that and, we are not going anywhere, we will continue to grow. That p*sses them off and why wouldn’t it? They had a monopoly for so long and don’t like the fact that we exist and that’s fine. We don’t care that they exist, God bless them. They are running a show in front of 50,000 people, why would he care about us? But you know, he should, and he does, and that’s why he said those things.”
The Wednesday Night Wars began with the inauguration of AEW Dynamite on 2 October 2019 and concluded with NXT’s final Wednesday night broadcast on 7 April 2021. AEW won a combined 63 weeks in comparison to NXT’s 10, while two episodes ended in a tie and five were ineligible, such as when Dynamite aired on a different night.
Triple H had discussed knowing what goes on in AEW “to a degree”, confirming that WWE pays attention to their competition.