There are few in AEW right now who know more about the WWE way of doing things than Chris Jericho. Having spent around 16 years with the company, Jericho knows how to read through things WWE says.
Speaking with the New York Post, Chris Jericho called out WWE for their “imaginary war” rhetoric. Here is the quote:
“That’s typical WWE… It’s typical rhetoric. Because I believe that they congratulated us the first week and said, if you remember, ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint.’ We won the marathon, right? So now it’s an imaginary war. Well, then why were they saying it’s a marathon, not a sprint a year and a half ago when our first rating came out?
It will be there for the rest of time, it was an ‘imaginary war,’ and if it wasn’t a war why did they take Wednesday night the exact same time that we had? It was there to take away our ratings and for us not to get re-signed. Three months after that started we were re-signed to a hundreds-of millions-of-dollars extension. They failed.”
All Elite Wrestling has done well since NXT moved to Tuesdays. Two of their last three shows have garnered over 1 million viewers with their Blood and Guts special airing this week.