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Chris Jericho Says WWE’s Tricks Against AEW For Ratings War Have Just Begun

Chris Jericho AEW All Elite Wrestling World Champion


On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.

It was broadcasted from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1997’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Lumberjack Match: The Headbangers vs. The Godwinns

2. Marc Mero vs. Miguel Perez Jr.

3. Davey Boy Smith vs. Rocky Maivia

4. Owen Hart vs. Hawk

5. Hardy Boys vs. The Truth Commission

6. Bret Hart vs. Triple H

• Chris Jericho Says WWE’s Tricks Against AEW For Ratings War Have Just Begun

During a recent appearance on the MMA Show, AEW World Champion Chris Jericho talked about AEW Dynamite’s debut on TNT, AEW vs. NXT & more.

Below are the highlights:

On AEW Dynamite’s premiere on TNT:

“I give our show an A+. The crowd was off the charts amazing, and that always makes the difference. You could have a great show or a great performance, but if the crowd isn’t over-the-top hot, it hurts it.

If you have a great crowd and a subpar performance, it doesn’t matter. Because to me, all that matters is how the crowd is reacting to it. The reaction, the performances, everything I saw, was amazing.”

On AEW wrestlers adapting to Live TV:

“Live TV is a different animal. There’s guys on our roster with some of the biggest names that have never wrestled on live TV. Kenny Omega for example never wrestled on live TV. I’m not sure The Young Bucks have – maybe a little bit on Impact Wrestling when Impact was live.

We have a whole roster of guys that have never experienced this. And the top, top, top half like Jericho, Jon Moxley, Cody and Dustin Rhodes, and Jake Hager have wrestled on live TV before.

The only thing I was worried about was if everyone would be able to adapt and understand. For the most part, all across the board, everybody did that (working well with time on live TV). I was pretty proud of our roster. Everyone did a great job.”

On if he’s annoyed by WWE NXT going head to head against AEW Dynamite:

“Not at all. It’s Vince McMahon, it’s the WWE. I told them from the start. It’s not even begun yet. There’s going to be so many other tricks and traps coming up. It’s what he (Vince McMahon) does. He thrives on the competition. I don’t care. I’m not in competition with him or NXT.”

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