AEW Dynamite kicked off with a sold-out show in Washington, DC. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes were in attendance and even got in a little skit with Jack Evans, Angelico, and Private Party. That appearance from Jay & Silent Bob almost didn’t happen.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, Kevin Smith revealed that he was told by his publicist that WWE might not allow him on their show if they do Dynamite. Smith didn’t seem to mind because he has no ties with WWE. On the other hand, Chris Jericho was in the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot so he knew him.
“Chris was like, ‘Hey man, we’re doing an opening match for AEW. I’m in the flick. Will you guys come?’ I thought absolutely as it was in Washington DC and we were in New York that day so we just hopped a train. But when we said ‘yes,’ WWE was also asking if we wanted to go promote Jay and Silent Bob reboot there [on SmackDown’s FOX debut].”
“The publicist said if you’re gonna do a wrestling show, do WWE. But Chris is our boy and I’ve got no real ties to WWE while I have a direct tie to AEW. Then the publicist said if you choose AEW then WWE is probably gonna take their offer back. I was like, ‘I get it. So be it.’ We said we’re doing AEW and then the word came back, ‘WWE is fine with that. You can do them as well.’ So, I was like we’re doing both.”
Smith previously appeared on the Rich Eisen show where he revealed how the conversation went after his Dynamite appearance.
“The next morning we were told that WWE was like, ‘you can’t come on anymore.’ And they canceled us.”
“Can you believe it?! It felt really weird, man. There’s a line drawn in the sand and they pushed us onto the one side of it.”
Kevin Smith showed up in AEW, and WWE wasn’t very happy about it. There really wasn’t much Vince McMahon’s company could do because Kevin Smith has done things his own way throughout his entire career.