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AEW Stars react to WWE putting NXT against their TV show

Chris Jericho AEW

We noted before how it was reported that WWE will be putting up NXT against AEW’s upcoming TV show on TNT and now the AEW Officials have started reacting to the news.

Chris Jericho recently had an interview with Busted Open Radio where he talked about this possible development and claimed that it will dilute WWE’s product:

“I think WWE is great but there’s too much WWE as it is, by adding another two hours, that really dilutes the product, it dilutes their mindset, it dilutes the focus. It’s a reactionary move that’s done by a guy who wants to start a war. We don’t care if you want to start a war, that was never our intention. There’s no war for us, we’re just doing what we’re doing. People there don’t like that and they’re reacting to it, and it just dilutes their own product.”

The Young Bucks also reacted to the news and while replying to a tweet about the same, the tag team said that they are not scared of the competition:

While WWE is expected to make the announcement of NXT moving to TV soon, they haven’t made the news official yet and it would be interesting to know the backstage reaction of the same.

  • Abraham

    Jericho still contradicting himself first he said it’s not a war then he said it is a war and now he’s saying it’s not

  • david young

    I’m not ignoring anything. I am well aware that NXT is on Wednesdays and that it is the superior brand of the three. I am also very aware of the fact that from WWEs standpoint, if your going to war you want to do it with your best team.
    What I am saying is that NXT has been a 1 hour taped show on the network on wednesday nights. Fans go throughout the week to watch it when they have time. Originally NXT was talked about going to FX1 (or FS1 whatever) a smaller network in the fox family. This deal with USA is relatively new and the premiere is airing in a few short weeks. WWE is trying to take out AEW when they could have (and probably should have) kept the same USA timeslot that smackdown currently has.
    What you’re going to see happen now is that fans are still going to tune into AEW on Wednesdays because that is must see TV. They are going to tune into NXT on the WWE network when it is uploaded on Thursdays.
    The same thing happened with TNA and their monday night wars. They aired Impact on Monday and then replayed it on their Thursday timeslot. TNA wasn’t must see because you could just watch RAW and wait til Thursday to watch Impact.

  • CC

    Why would they put it on the same night as Smackdown or RAW? That makes absolutely no sense.
    As for why they would not put it on Tuesday, well the FOX deal has been known about for the best part of a year now, so USA probably already has that slot filled on a Tuesday and with NXT already being on a Weds night, what better way to keep the audience that watches it live on the network to just switch over to watching it on TV instead than by keeping the same day and time?

    Once again, someone is ignoring the fact NXT already existed at that time on a Weds and AEW chose to counterbook that, but of course this is all on WWE … get over it.

  • Soulshroude

    Makes me feel special. Like being one of the popular kids, with down syndrome.

  • Keith Learmonth

    You know that when you, me, and CC are all on the same line of thinking, it’s serious business.

  • Soulshroude

    You and I rarely agree to anything, but… well stated, chummer.

  • Soulshroude

    How many times is the word “dilute” in the article? It kind of dilutes the article.

  • david young

    What makes this interesting is the fact that while NXT currently exists on Wednesday night on the WWE network, the USA network already has an open television timeslot dedicated to wrestling. It’s called Smackdown. If WWE was not trying to go up against AEW, they could simply keep their existing timeslot and move NXTs to Tuesday night instead. Yes NXT is taking shots at WWE, but if they truly wanted war, you’d see NXT on Monday or Fridays in the fall.

    WWE can’t say this was already planned either because up until AEW announced they had a TV deal, not one person whispered NXT is going Live.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I wonder if you going see some old NXT who are on the WWE main roster not doing anything head back to NXT.

    I think the big vision for NXT is for WWE to change it name to NXT. I just think that is the big plan.

  • Keith Learmonth

    I agree completely.
    I’m just getting really tired of how AEW keeps taking shots at WWE, then acting like poor innocent victims if WWE does anything at all that can be seen as retaliation, whether it really is, or not.

    I’d love to see AEW provide a legit alternative to WWE, at that same multi-national level. That would be great for wrestlers, for fans, and for both companies. I just don’t think they’re going to do it by going down the path they’re on. Impact tried it. WCW tried it. It doesn’t work.

  • CC

    You are spot on with all of this. I like AEW and I want them to succeed but I am getting a bit sick of the people connected to them, the fans and the youtube channels like WhatCulture and WrestleTalk all acting like WWE is doing everything out of spite and that things like putting NXT on TV is gonna ruin it etc.
    We all know WWE has performed some petty acts and we all know Vince creatively can be very stale in this day and age, but at the same time we have also been told that the two most recent great episodes of Smackdown were re-written by Vince at the last minute so he does still have what it takes when he wants to.
    AEW, the fans and the so called wrestling journos on YouTube all want a war, and they want to act like it is all on WWE not AEW, which is total BS.

    They knew NXT was already on a Weds night so to suddenly act like by moving it to TV that is a shot against them while ignoring the fact that they shot the first bullet by putting it on a the same time as NXT in the first place. It is ridiculous.

    Cody would not be smashing thrones are having the Elite doing “funny” skits at the start of the show mocking WWE if they did not want a war.

  • Keith Learmonth

    I also laugh at the “we didn’t want a war!” part, as if that hasn’t been what Cody has been calling for the whole time. It’s like Jericho hasn’t listened to Cody, or seen all the shots he takes at WWE.

    When AEW can go a full show without some kind of jab at WWE, I’ll believe they don’t want a war.

    Not to mention, WWE was looking to put NXT on TV in june last year, when they first started shopping Smackdown out to Fox. This is something they’ve been wanting for a while. There was literally no AEW when they started looking at options for this.

  • CC

    Why are they acting like NXT did not exist before? And why are they ignoring the fact that they essentially started this by putting AEW on the same time as NXT on the network?
    Everyone is saying “WWE is putting NXT up against AEW” totally ignoring the fact that while it will potentially be on TV and an hour longer, NXT was in that day and timeslot first and TNT and AEW chose to counter boook it in the first place.