Chris Jericho was asked for his opinion on what Vince McMahon and WWE might be thinking when it comes to the early success of AEW. His answer was simple. “You can’t tell me a show that had Chris Jericho, Dustin Rhodes, Jim Ross, Bret Hart, Dean Malenko calling the matches backstage, didn’t make WWE angry.”
Logic would suggest Jericho is bang on. After all, how can a show filled with former WWE talent and producers working on a pay-per-view that’s getting critical acclaim make WWE happy? Especially, how can they not be angry when the same fans who loved AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view, almost unanimously hated Raw and SmackDown Live this week?
AEW and WWE aren’t necessarily direct competition with each other. That said, it won’t take long before fans and media are directly comparing the two companies, assuming they aren’t already. Jericho knows that some of those comparisons include social media numbers and other stats that WWE keeps a close eye on.
Jericho spoke with Dave LaGreca and Bully Ray on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio Thursday to discuss how WWE feels about AEW and explained, “They know exactly what is going on, they have the daily social media reports, the analytics, the demographics, I know we had 200 thousand Google searches, that’s up there with NFL numbers.” Jericho added, “I’m sure they are watching, and they are not very happy with what happened.
WWE Needs to Step Up
AEW just came off a successful pay-per-view named Double or Nothing and set their own bar for future shows. By many accounts, WWE needs to step up their game as well if they don’t want to let AEW take a good portion of the wrestling audience who may only watch so many hours of wrestling in any given week.
Lately, WWE shows have been less-than-stellar. They should focus on their own product before getting too mad at anyone else’s.