Speaking in an interview with TMZ, CM Punk has said that Chris Jericho appearing on the WWE Network for a show with Stone Cold Steve Austin proves that Vince McMahon is not scared of AEW.
“It’s interesting, for sure. Obviously, I understand the buzz. Maybe I’ll give it a shot and watch it, but it feels like it’s going to be softball questions. I don’t if they’re going to ask Jericho all the tough questions and nor do I think that they possibly should. It’s an interesting situation and it’ll probably be a feel good interview where they talk about Jericho’s past at WWE. I’m sure they’ll mention AEW, but they won’t get into the hard questions that I think people are interested in
“Honestly, my knee-jerk reaction and opinion is that I think it shows Vince McMahon isn’t afraid of AEW at all. If he was, he wouldn’t allow that to happen. Anytime anybody is talking about you, it is good. There will be people that don’t know AEW exists who will watch it and say, ‘Cool, I didn’t know that. I just thought Jericho was retired.’ There is also something to be said about keeping your guys special and the only place you can see this superstar is on my television show, but it’s a new age and both companies need all the eyeballs they can get at the moment.”
For those that don’t know, WWE announced last week that Chris Jericho, despite being contracted to AEW, will be the next guest on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions podcast. The episode will drop on Sunday.
Speaking of CM Punk, Triple H recently revealed that he last spoke to the former WWE Champion around 18 months ago when asked about whether or not Punk will return to WWE. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.