Chris Jericho has addressed Vince McMahon’s recent media call comments about not seeing AEW as competition to WWE.
In the July 29 WWE earnings conference call, Vince McMahon admitted that he doesn’t consider AEW as competition in the same way he saw WCW as a viable threat to WWE.
Chris Jericho wasn’t surprised by McMahon’s comments. In an interview with Kenny McIntosh for Inside The Ropes, Jericho stated that AEW have never been intimidated by WWE, noting:
“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.”
On this week’s AEW Homecoming show, Jericho will go one-on-one with Juventud Guerrera for the first time in over 20 years. This will be the third Labor of Jericho, on the former AEW World Champion’s path to a match with MJF.