Jim Cornette has offered his unique insight on the Chris Jericho vs Nick Gage deathmatch from this week’s edition of AEW Dynamite.
Of the divisive contest, which is rumoured to have jeopardised AEW’s advertising arrangement with Domino’s Pizza, Cornette had the following to say on his podcast:
And for the main event of the evening, AEW managed to blow something even better than Marilyn Chambers ever did because they managed to blow one of their sponsorships. We’ll talk about that in a minute. But for the garbage wrestling championship of the universe I guess, the Painmaker Chris Jericho faced the bank addicted drug robber on national television and, I had alternating emotions as I felt sad for Chris, I was embarrassed for the wrestling business. I even at some points felt bad for some of the people in their locker room, even though they brought this on themselves AEW, some of the guys back there had to be going ‘Oh, come on. What the f**k?’ It’s just, it’s embarrassing. The guy that tried to get in the ring the other week on live TV looked like more of a threat to Jericho than this guy.
Cornette queried whether, given the mainstream attention surrounding Bryan Danielson and CM Punk’s potential arrivals, this was the time to be doing something quite so risqué:
Try to hot shot this thing because Tony Khan is not smart enough to realise he’s got legitimate mainstream momentum with Bryan Danielson and CM Punk. But just to make sure that poor Chris Jericho’s midlife crisis doesn’t enter a new phase. Tony Khan allows him to do this garbage match on television to prove that he can hang with the young kids. In some respect, I guess that’s what Chris is thinking.
Whilst the episode netted over a million viewers for AEW and yet another positive score within the key demographics, Cornette was not alone in his dislike of the contest, with former WCW head honcho Eric Bischoff also offerering a critque.