AEW World champion Chris Jericho participated in the post-Full Gear media scrum, where the Inner Circle leader discussed his faction's comparisons to the N.W.O, and claims he knew that AEW's weekly program Dynamite would defeat NXT in the ratings. He also reveals that himself and Sammy Guevara will be challenging SCU for the AEW tag titles this Wednesday. Highlights are below.
On the difference between the Inner Circle and the N.W.O.
The nWo was 22 years ago, but the difference is this, the original nWo was comprised of three, legit main event superstars, guys who had main evented WrestleMania," Jericho said. "Inner Circle is based around my genius, my ideas, and already the other four members have become bigger stars than they ever were anywhere else, so that's the difference. We're building the Inner Circle right off the bat and week one we had the hottest faction, possibly in the history of the business, and people didn't even know who these guys were. Now they know who they are. Give us another two, three, four months and there's no doubt in my mind we will go down as the great faction in wrestling history.
Dynamite beating NXT in ratings:
This is not a war that we started, it's not a war that we asked for. We don't care who you put up against us, you could put the Super Bowl, the World Cup, you could resurrect John [Lennon] and George [Harrison] and do a Beatles reunion, we can't control that. All we can do is have great shows and organic shows. Am I surprised that we're winning? Of course not. I knew we would win. Our star power crushes NXT's star power and I knew exactly what would happen, NXT—what made it cool was a standalone thing, now it's just another WWE show. It's like 2009 ECW. Good for them, God bless them. I'm sure Roman Reigns will be on NXT now and Hulk Hogan will return to a TV studio for the first time since 1981 in Memphis. That's fine, all we're going to do is worry about ourselves, concentrate on our storylines, our matches, our characters, and building stars.
This Wednesday, on AEW Dynamite, Sammy Guevara and myself will challenge SCU for the AEW Tag Team Championship. And we're going to walk out of there and I'll be 'le doublé champion.
(H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)