As a lifelong wrestling fan, I can’t believe Vince McMahon is acknowledging another wrestling company even exists.
For decades, Vince and the WWE turned wrestlers who experienced success in other companies into creations of his own.
The only time the company kinda mentioned other wrestling companies were doing business in the United States was when Ric Flair made the jump over in the early 90s and brought the “real World’s Championship” belt with him and at the start of the “Monday Night Wars” with the “Billionaire Ted” skits.
So, Jericho making an appearance on the Peacock Network in an interview with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for his Broken Skull Sessions can only mean one of a handful of things – the old man is softening up in his old age, he’s influenced into ideas by the people in his inner circle or he’s really not in charge anymore.
I’m guessing a combination of the first two ideas.
CM Punk has a theory as to why Vince would make nice with the current star of another wrestling company – McMahon doesn’t see AEW as a threat at all.
Speaking with TMZ, Punk explained that in order for Vince to allow this to take place, he must not view Tony Khan’s promotion as a threat to WWE’s global brand.
“Honestly, my knee-jerk reaction and opinion is that I think it shows Vince McMahon isn’t afraid of AEW at all.
If he was, he wouldn’t allow that to happen. Anytime anybody is talking about you, it is good. There will be people that don’t know AEW exists who will watch it and say, ‘Cool, I didn’t know that. I just thought Jericho was retired.’
There is also something to be said about keeping your guys special and the only place you can see this superstar is on my television show, but it’s a new age and both companies need all the eyeballs they can get at the moment.”
Punk also provided his thoughts on the pending Jericho appearance and what viewers might be in store for during the sit-down.
“It’s interesting, for sure. Obviously, I understand the buzz.
Maybe I’ll give it a shot and watch it, but it feels like it’s going to be softball questions. I don’t if they’re going to ask Jericho all the tough questions and nor do I think that they possibly should.
It’s an interesting situation and it’ll probably be a feel-good interview where they talk about Jericho’s past at WWE.
I’m sure they’ll mention AEW, but they won’t get into the hard questions that I think people are interested in.”
Jericho’s appearance on Broken Skull Sessions with Steve Austin airs Sunday, April 11 on Peacock and WWE Network.
[transcription via Fightful]