AEW and WWE’s NXT brand are about to compete in the same time slot on Wednesday nights. However, in a day and age with DVR the Wednesday Night Wars might just mean more pro wrestling to go around.
Chris Jericho recently spoke to Busted Open Radio where he expanded on not only the fact that AEW is still discovering who their fan base is, but their attitude regarding the upcoming Wednesday Night Wars.
“We still don’t know who our fanbase is. I don’t think there’s a lot of crossover between WWE and AEW fans. A lot of people that are into AEW are people that maybe haven’t watched wrestling in a while or are looking for something different.”
“Maybe they don’t like WWE. I don’t know. I think WWE is great. The point is, there’s too much WWE. By adding another two hours, that really dilutes their product, mindset, and focus. It’s a reactionary move. It’s done by a guy that wants to start a war, when we don’t care if you want to start a war. That was never our intention. There’s no war for us. We’re just doing what we’re doing. Some people don’t like that, and they’re reacting to it. It dilutes their own product. It’s something that happened in WCW quite a bit. In WCW, they used to flip out and be excited because our pyro started before Raw’s pyro. Nitro started at 7:57 and Raw started at 8, and the reason was, we wanted our pyro to be before theirs. Who gives a crap? Who cares when the pyro is? What’s the show like? Don’t worry what the other guy is doing. Worry about your own stuff.”
“I think that’s AEW’s attitude. I don’t care about any other wrestling company in the world. I want everyone to be good. Everyone do what you want to do. Be the best you can be. Do your thing. We don’t care. I think that’s one of the reasons that makes us cool. The more other people do, the more it makes us look revolutionary and cool. And we haven’t even started yet. Just wait until we start [on television]. It’s going to be a completely different vibe and attitude.”
The fact is that AEW was doing their own thing even before they caught WWE’s attention with quick arena sell outs. They will continue doing what they do best which is produce Elite pro wrestling events.
WWE might not like it, but Chris Jericho has been in a pro wrestling war before and he realizes that a climate like that only makes everyone better all around.
Thanks to Fightful for the quote