All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite generated an incredibly impressive debut which blew NXT’s rating out of the water. WWE got ahead of the actual ratings announcement by congratulating AEW on a successful debut. Y2J definitely saw this message from his former employer, but he took it a different way.
Chris Jericho recently spoke to Complex Sports where he really opened up about WWE’s congratulatory message to AEW.
Y2J said that WWE is embarrassed about how AEW showed them up despite NXT’s constant attempts to divert interest away from the new show on TNT.
“Because they’re embarrassed. I know how they work. And the fact is, I haven’t seen the actual rating but I’m assuming they know how it is, and I think we probably kicked their ass. They started this. Everything that they’ve done has been a reactionary move to us. We’re not in a war with anybody besides ourselves. I don’t care if you resurrect John and George and it’s the reunion of the Beatles at the Super Bowl or whatever. All that matters is our show. You can put anything up against us, and we can’t compete with that. We can compete with what we’re doing.”
“They kinda started this war, and the very first night they got destroyed. Big deal, it’s our first debut, great. But they have to come back and say, ‘It’s a marathon and not a one-night sprint.’ Who’s ever said it’s a one-night sprint? It’s not a war for us. Now, we’re placed in one, and we’re gonna kick ass because we’re gonna do what we do very, very well. There’s a little bit of an arrogance toward us that’s now gone.”
The Wednesday Night Wars is definitely a marathon and not a sprint. Fans will have many more nights watching two screens at the same time ahead of them as AEW and NXT continue to bring their A-Game.
Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote