Last month, Chris Jericho appeared on “Steve Austin: The Broken Skull Sessions” after Austin had a conversation with the current AEW star about it. The WWE Hall of Famer asked the Chairman twice via text message if he was okay with having Jericho appear on the show since it airs on the WWE Network and Peacock. McMahon signed off on it.
It was a big deal at the time as no AEW star had appeared on WWE programming up to that point.
The show aired on a Sunday and the following Wednesday night, which marked the first AEW Dynamite show to not go head-to-head with WWE NXT in several months, it did 1.219 million viewers and the following week did 1.104 million viewers.
In an interview with TV Insider, Jericho looked back on the decision that McMahon made.
“It was lightning in a bottle sort of thing with [respective company heads] Vince McMahon and Tony Khan giving their approval. I think it was also well-timed. The Peacock relationship with WWE was just starting. They wanted something huge out of the gate. It was perfect for us considering AEW had its first unopposed show [without NXT].
Once that big Dynamite rating came in though, I think Vince may have had a little bit of second-guessing. Would they do it again? Maybe. I don’t know if you can find anyone with respect and goodwill on both sides that would allow that. If they don’t do it again, it was one of the coolest moments in wrestling history.
Jericho also talked about the Blood and Guts match, AEW, and more. Check out the full interview here.