-- Chris Jericho recently spoke to Yahoo Sports about AEW Dynamite's one-year anniversary and he had some interesting comments about jumping to AEW from WWE, the ongoing ratings battle being embarrassing given how often Dynamite beats NXT, as well as how his passion has been rekindled. Here are some highlights:
Leaving WWE and signing with AEW
“I wanted to make a difference. I knew where I’d be slotted and what I’d be doing if I went back to WWE. It’s just the way it is there. I knew if I came to AEW, much like I did in New Japan when I went there, that I could do some good business, I could really change the way that the industry is, for the better. I’m a big part of the success of this company and I feel like it’s my company as a result, I’m not working for a machine. I loved working for WWE, but I feel like I am AEW. When we first started it rested on my shoulders in a lot of ways, and thankfully we did what we were supposed to do and it rests on a lot of people’s shoulders. That original task was mine and mine alone, I was kind of the flag bearer for the company so it’s been very cool to see the success.”
AEW Dynamite vs. NXT
“We didn’t start a war or a battle, we are just worried about our own stuff. We don’t care what WWE or NXT does. Obviously we love beating them in the ratings every week, to the point where it’s almost embarrassing at this point, but we’re not obsessed with it. Twenty years ago there’d be a party if WCW’s pyro went off before WWE’s. Every moment was so intense, every segment of the show had to be mapped out to beat WWE. We’re not like that, we don’t know what NXT is doing and we’re worried about our own show and our own business and I think that’s why we’ve been so successful.”
Building up other wrestlers
“Even if just by proxy, look at all of the talent I’ve helped build, starting with the Inner Circle, Darby Allin, Jungle Boy, Jon Moxley.
Moxley wasn’t what he is now when he was in WWE. He paled in comparison. Even Cody, look at how great Cody is. He was never given that chance or it was never planned out for him. It’s one of those things where you have a lot of people on the roster and we are all there for the same reason — to get everybody over and have the best and most successful company we can by working together.”
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