Chris Jericho believes that Vince McMahon has a grudge against NXT because they were beaten by AEW on Wednesday nights.
In 2019, a few weeks before AEW Dynamite was set to debut on TNT on Wednesday nights, WWE raised eyebrows by announcing that NXT would be moving from the WWE Network to air on the USA Network on the same night. The head-to-head battle between the shows was dubbed the ‘Wednesday Night Wars’ in reference to the ‘Monday Night Wars’ between WWE Raw and WCW Nitro back in the 1990’s.
Speaking on his podcast, ‘Talk Is Jericho‘, the inaugural AEW World Champion commented on the situation, claiming that WWE thought they could “wipe out” AEW.
“What I think it is, and once again, I can say this just from observing, is that NXT was put on Wednesday nights, obviously that’s to combat AEW, and we’ll wipe out this ‘pissant’ little company right away. Problem is they had no idea what they were dealing with. It really backfired on them. “
This time, after many weeks of AEW handily defeating them in viewership, it was WWE that seemingly gave up the battle, as NXT moved to Tuesday nights on April 13th 2021. Jericho believes that putting the shows head-to-head damaged NXT’s ‘cool factor’.
“NXT was so cool. You guys would go do your weekend shows and get three times the reaction in a sold out arena than the pay-per-view would get. So then when they put NXT up against AEW, it really hurt the brand to where you lost the cool factor, and AEW was the cool one.
Chris Jericho went on to say that NXT “got steamrolled” and Vince McMahon has a grudge against the brand because of that.
NXT just got steamrolled, and I think, as a result, Vince kind of holds a grudge against NXT. You had the chance to beat AEW, and you didn’t. Now I’m going to take over, and I’m going to do it my way.”
Vince McMahon showed his new vision of NXT to the world when it was relaunched as NXT 2.0, complete with a new logo, set, and even several new superstars.
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