Chris Jericho On The Difference Between AEW And WWE’s Creative Process, AEW Winning The Wednesday Night Wars & More!

AEW star Chris Jericho was recently the guest on Busted Open Radio. Here are some highlights…

On the difference between AEW and WWE’s creative process:

“Just think about working on WWE, it’s a great place and a great time, but there is a lot of mental pressure that goes on you. And you’re fighting a war every time you’re there because you have to go wait to talk to Vince [McMahon] if something needs to be changed. Sometimes he’s busy and you will wait outside of that office, I don’t care who you are, for an hour, two hours. That’s one of the things I really enjoy about AEW, because that kind of mental stress is gone. We really do work together a lot better.”

“It’s two different systems. WWE is huge and they’re a billionaire TV company for a reason. But there’s also a reason I really enjoy working with AEW, even more than WWE at this point in time. And that’s one of the reasons.”

On AEW winning the Wednesday Night Wars:

“We didn’t pop a little bit of the bubbly and have a celebration backstage, have cake or whatever. But this war was decided months ago. And this wasn’t a war we asked for or a war we created. That was WWE doing what they do. And they lost! They lost handedly. They got beaten bad. And yes it’s good they had to move because of the NHL but it’s just good for them to move anyways. They’ll do better not worrying about what our ratings are and we’ll probably do better not having them.”

“But it’s not like we ever really worried about it. We never had NXT on during the show, we never knew what segments we were going up against next or what was going on. We just did our show. And I know how WWE is and I’m sure the guys had our show running on one of their TV screens while we were doing that. We never had that. Because we have enough to worry about on our own. Now is it great that we beat NXT? Absolutely. But the best part is just having the night to ourselves. We don’t have to worry. And whether it’s an extra, I don’t know, hundred thousand, two hundred thousand, whether it’s all five hundred thousand people or whatever they were drawing that come to watch our show, that’s great.”

“If nobody shows up that’s great too. Because we can just continue to do what we’ve been doing, which is put on the best possible show we can. And we don’t care what’s on; if it’s NXT or if there’s politics going on or if it’s the Grammys or whatever the hell it is. We can’t change that. All we can change and work on is our own show and putting on the best program that we can put on to draw more fans and increase our name value and our brand as much as we can.”

On if the younger talent take advantage of having so many veteran mentors at their disposal:

“Absolutely! I can only speak from my experience, but there’s a line outside of my door sometimes. I feel like Vince or Tony Khan where everybody wants to come and ask questions. That’s great. I have time for everybody that wants to come and talk to me. I feel almost like the bartender sometimes who has to alleviate the problems of people who have issues. We talk creative things, we talk about the typical story. ‘I feel like I’m spinning my wheels, what can I do to do better?’”

“We have such a big roster. And we do have so many shows. I always explain Dynamite is huge, but so is Dark, so is Elevation. I think Elevation has drawn a million people for every episode so far. There is a lot of that.”

On AEW’s way of grooming talent being different from the WWE Performance Center:

“It’s not a factory for us where everybody kind of works the same and talks the same because they came from the same system. Our guys have come from around the world, which all of that is relevant, and you can use all of that to piece together when you’re working on national TV basically with AEW now.”

Click here to listen to the full show.

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of He is a long time contributor to, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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