Chris Jericho Doesn’t Believe AEW Is Trying To Beat The WWE


On his most recent episode of “Talk Is Jericho”, Y2J discussed the contract he signed with AEW. He also discussed how he believes that they fit in alongside the WWE. Jericho revealed that he views AEW as an alternative, not competition to the WWE. Here are the highlights from the podcast:

On AEW Not Being Competition To The WWE:

I love the WWE. I respect the WWE. They go through ups and downs creatively and stylistically and character-wise, but it’s the WWE, it’s the biggest wrestling company in the world. You’re not going to beat it. But we don’t want to beat the WWE. We’re not planning on that. That’s not the mindset of AEW. The mindset is to provide an option, an alternative for wrestling fans. Something that you haven’t seen before or something that you haven’t seen in a while.

On Wanting To Do A Champion v Champion Match Against Seth Rollins:

I pitched the idea to [Vince] and called him, ‘I would love to do an Intercontinental Champion vs. Champion match at SummerSlam: Jericho vs. Seth Rollins.’ And Vince was like, ‘I don’t know how that would work and can we do it?’ And was like, ‘Harold [Meij] is the president of New Japan, he wants to expand and I bet you we can figure something out.’ And this was something that happened all the time in the 70s and the 80s with Bruno Sammartino was always going to New Japan via WWE [then WWF] and Andre The Giant and Stan Hansen when they were having talent trades with Dynamite Kid and Tiger Mask…

There’s no such thing as just WWE, just New Japan. Why couldn’t we give the fans a dream match? A double main event of Rollins vs. Jericho, Title vs. Title and you don’t even have to have a winner?… Never heard back. Made the call, pitched the idea, and never heard back.

You can listen to the entire “Talk is Jericho” podcast below:


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