Chris Jericho sat down with Complex yesterday to give his reaction to all the buzz breaking about AEW Dynamite debut on Wednesday. “The Painmaker” was asked about WWE and the statement they issued congratulating AEW on the success of the show and even though this interview was conducted before the ratings drop, Jericho figured that WWE knew what kind of number they were getting and thinks their reasoning for the “well wishes” was a matter of embarrassment.
“Well cause they’re embarrassed. I know how they work and the fact is that I haven’t seen the actual rating but I’m assuming they know what it is and I think we probably kicked their ass.”
Jericho continues on to say that AEW didn’t create a war with WWE, but WWE has made reactionary moves in regards to AEW airing on Wednesday night. He states that all AEW has to worry about is themselves and what they do.
“They started this. Everything that they’ve done has been reactionary moves 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, or the Super Bowl or whatever. All that matters is our show. You can put anything you want against it, we can’t compete with that. We can compete with what we’re doing. They kind of 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, 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, we’re gonna kick ass cause we’re going to do what we’re going to do very, very well. There’s a little bit of an arrogance towards us that’s now gone and I was very excited to finally get that show going, get it done and get it over with because now all the talk, it’s like hockey when ya got someone yacking at ya at the time. When you score ten goals and you say when you were kids, if someone’s talking shit to ya, you say, ‘Well look at the scoreboard, it’s eight nothing!’ That shuts people up…”
(Transcription credit should go to @DominicDeAngelo at WrestleZone)