Tuesday’s episode of NXT marked the beginning of the new schedule for not only WWE and AEW but also wrestling fans as it was the end of the Wednesday Night Wars.
Since late 2019, Dynamite on TNT has been going head-to-head with NXT on the USA Network. It’s been well documented that change is due to the NHL moving to the USA Network on Wednesdays when NBCSN shuts down later this year.
Chris Jericho was interviewed by Alfred Konuwa of Forbes and during it, he looked back on the battle between the two companies.
He stated that AEW was never really worried about what NXT was doing and thinks NXT was watching AEW during their show. However, he points out this was not a war that AEW was asking for, but rather was pushed into it.
“The reason why we won it and won it so handily is we never worried about what anybody else was doing. We just worried about our own show. Of course, we’re competitive. Yes, we wanted to beat NXT. We wanted to drive them screaming and yelling away from Wednesdays and we did that.”
While the original decision by WWE to move NXT from the WWE Network to the USA Network was to hurt the growth of All Elite Wrestling, the majority of the time it was Dynamite that won total viewership as well as the important 18-49 key demographic. Most of the battle, NXT only won the +50 demographic.
Jericho also talked about appearing on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, WrestleMania 37, and more. Check out the full interview here.