Chris Jericho has responded to Triple H.
During an interview with Ariel Helwani that premiered on September 2, Triple H was asked about AEW and if he was punished for AEW beating NXT in the Wednesday Night Wars.
Triple H replied, "No, no. People put so much pressure on this ‘competitive war.’ It never was that. First of all, they beat our developmental system. Good for them. It was never that. There was never pressure of, ‘You have to beat them.’ It was never that."
AEW's Chris Jericho offered up a response in an interview with Alex McCarthy of TalkWRESTLING and Inside The Ropes.
“Once again it is just changing the narrative and changing the history, which makes me laugh. Because when it started, it was not developmental, it was a third brand, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and all the other bullshit that they said, so of course we [AEW] beat the developmental or whatever you want to call it, but who gives a shit? It’s such old news, and the show sucks, NXT sucks, it’s not a good show, and they know it. Whether they were punished or not, they probably were punished. That’s probably why Triple H said those things because he is angry that we beat them, and he is probably angry that we exist. But you know, we don’t care about WWE, we care about our show, we care about putting on the best stories that we can put on, we care about building our fanbase and building our ratings," he said.
Jericho continued, “We will continue to exist and I will tell you this, my boss has a lot more money than his boss does. A lot more. So you want to go to that and, we are not going anywhere, we will continue to grow. That isses them off and why wouldn’t it? They had a monopoly for so long and don’t like the fact that we exist and that’s fine. We don’t care that they exist, God bless them. They are running a show in front of 50,000 people, why would he care about us? But you know, he should, and he does, and that’s why he said those things.”
The Wednesday Night War began when Dynamite premiered on TNT on October 2, 2019 and ended on April 7, 2021 with NXT airing its final episode on Wednesday before moving to Tuesdays. AEW Dynamite would win the 18 to 49 demo 74 weeks to one.
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