AEW has come a long way and Tony Khan’s company hasn’t even celebrated their third birthday yet. Vince McMahon’s recent comments about them did not fall on deaf ears.
During a recent media call, Vince McMahon said that he doesn’t view AEW as competition the same as WCW was. Chris Jericho paid attention to that comment in a big way.
McMahon’s comments have sparked reactions from fans and wrestlers alike. AEW star Chris Jericho in particular had a response in an interview with Inside the Ropes.
“Well, what else is he going to say? You know, and to respond to that, we don’t see WWE as competition. And he was smart to say that.”
“We’re not worried about what WWE is and we haven’t been since day one. We weren’t worried about what NXT did. The whole time with the NXT vs. AEW war, which ended in a total abysmal failure for NXT, we never once had a TV screen watching what they were doing when we were doing it. We didn’t know what segments they were in. We didn’t know any of that. Now, the WWE way is you’re watching what the competition is doing when they were on, we didn’t do that.”
“It was no disrespect. We just didn’t care. We were too busy worrying about our own company and about our own stories, and about our own show to care what anybody else is doing. And that’s one of the reasons why we did so well is that we were concentrating on AEW, not anything else.”
Chris Jericho was signed with WWE for nearly two decades winning multiple world championships and headlining many WWE shows, famously becoming the first ever Undisputed Champion. It appears that the first ever AEW World Champion took no offense to McMahon’s comments and expresses no disrespect to his former boss.
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