In a recent episode of Busted Open Radio on Sirius, Chris Jericho discussed an array of topics including why he thinks Vince McMahon could be more involved in NXT once the brand appears on the USA Network, and what ‘war’ appears to be taking place between AEW and the WWE.
Here are Jericho’s thoughts on why he believes Vince McMahon is likely to get involved in NXT programming upon their move to the USA Network below.
“If it’s another show on the USA Network – not on FS1, and not on the WWE Network. If it’s an official, legitimate, nationwide cable show on the USA Network, do you think Vince McMahon is going to be involved in it? Of course, he is! It’s Vince McMahon; he is a genius. But here’s the thing – I think the appeal of it is that it’s its own little entity outside the WWE, and when Vince McMahon gets a hold of it and gets involved with it it is going to become another SmackDown and another RAW.
I think you are going to see all three of those shows interacting with one another. I think it’s going to be just another WWE show, so whatever the appeal is with NXT, whatever the specialness of it is is going to be changed to another RAW and another SmackDown. I think if you like RAW and SmackDown then you’re going to like NXT on Wednesday nights. If you don’t, then I don’t think you’re going to like NXT on Wednesday nights because there’s no way that Vince McMahon is going to stay home and not be involved with it. That is what he does, so, great. I think it’s another 2 hours of incredible WWE programming on Wednesday nights. If you love WWE then there’s more for you to love, and if you don’t, then I don’t think it’s going to make a difference.”
Despite what many may tend to think about any potential feud or the impending war between the WWE and AEW, Jericho shares despite what many in AEW have said about not wanting a war or being in one that they have one coming their way regardless.
“..The very fact that we exist, the war begins. But I think the war started when Chris Jericho signed with AEW – I think that was the first real-deal thing. I think that started a war in Vince McMahon’s mind. I think he likes it, I think he thrives on it which, of course, he does because this is what he has done his whole life, and he wins every war he has been in. I told the guys in AEW, ‘There is going to be a war’. Their response is that we don’t want a war but I told them that it doesn’t matter what you want, there’s going to be one. I said, ‘Let’s have some fun with this’.”
Its clear competition brings out the best on some so they are best in some and in the case of Vince McMahon any potential prominent promotions in North America also suggest that competition for the WWE is alive and well. Chris Jericho brings up key points when discussing WWE, NXT, and AEW.
Thanks to WrestlingInc.com for the transcription of the audio.