Count Chris Jericho as a fan of Swerve Strickland.
Wrestling ratings have been a talking point for years, dating back to the Monday Night Wars and who won the night between WWE Raw and WCW Nitro. Fans are still crazy about the weekly ratings, looking for trends from week to week.
For Chris Jericho, he looks at the numbers more closely to determine who is a draw.
"If you get put in that top position and you don't draw and people don't watch your matches...TV ratings are so important," Jericho said on WTF With Marc Maron. "I read the minute-by-minute TV ratings every week to see, how did I do? How did this guy do? Who is drawing every week? You can kind of see this pattern of whenever he's on, the ratings go up. Swerve Strickland is one of those guys. He's not a ratings bonanza, but whenever he's on, the ratings go up."
When asked why he think people are drawn to Swerve, Jericho replied, "Connection."
Jade Cargill was mentioned as another person who has a connection and presence about the,
Jericho continued, "They [Swerve & Jade] are stars and I want to see what this person is doing. That matters. If you don't draw...my boss, Tony Khan is a numbers fanatic. If you are put in that position and the ratings go down, you won't be put in that position anymore. That's part of it. You have to connect and people have to watch you on screen. If not, you won't be on screen in that position, or maybe you won't be on the main show, you'll be on the next show. There are levels to that too."
Fans can find the history of AEW Dynamite ratings by clicking here.
Jericho will be in action on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite when he teams with Sammy Guevara to take on Ricky Starks & Action Andretti. Fans can check out the current lineup for AEW Dynamite by clicking here.
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