Chris Jericho Predicts AEW Will Start Beating WWE Raw's Ratings In The Next 6 Months
Will it happen?
Chris Jericho has set out for a bold goal for All Elite Wrestling and The Demo God predicted AEW programming will draw higher ratings than WWE Raw in the next six months.
Jericho made the prediction during an appearance on Busted Open Radio ahead of All Out after he was asked about NXT's revamp and the Wednesday Night Wars.
"Obviously, it's a victory. It's a huge victory, the difference is, we weren't obsessed with winning, losing, whatever it was. We were obsessed with putting on the best show that we could. We couldn't worry about if WWE was going to put NXT on, or if NBC was going to resurrect The Beatles - whatever [WWE is] going to do, we can't focus on that. We can't worry about it because we're too busy worrying about our own show. We're too busy worrying about putting on great stories and great matches in the middle of a frickin' pandemic. So when we 'won' the war and won handily, of course it was the end of NXT. That was part of the idea, put them against us and build them as a huge third brand and then move on. When we 'beat them,' they're rebranding and reconfiguring because what else can they do? They're number two when it comes to what they were trying to do in this battle," Jericho said.
"But here's the best part - we were never worried about NXT and never really paid attention to what they were doing. We're looking at what Raw is doing, what SmackDown is doing. If you want to talk about a war, that's the real war. If this was Game Of Thrones, NXT was the first wave that we blew through. We're storming the castle, we're storming the fortress. And I think that's one of the things now too when you see 'oh this week AEW beat SmackDown in the 18-49 demo' or the 18-34 demo. Even just winning one or two of those demos, that's a big deal," he continued.
"Sooner or later, we're going to start beating Raw. It's not going to be every week but I bet you over the next two to four months, maybe four to six, we're going to start beating Raw, and that's my prediction that I'm saying to you guys right here. And the reason for that is we keep talking about the cool factor, but it's the storytelling. We don't panic, we don't rush. We live in our own world and we book accordingly. We book smartly, if you watch our show it's like watching the first three Star Wars episodes - one thing always leads to the next and sometimes you'll see where the seeds were planted months earlier, but we always know what we want to do and where we want to go."
Many have claimed AEW is legitimate competition for WWE's main roster shows following the All Out pay-per-view. Dynamite, however, still remains behind Raw in the key 18-49 demographic, drawing 486,000 viewers to Raw's 709,000 last week, according to Wrestlenomics. If AEW's latest talent acquisitions in CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole can help bridge that gap ultimately remains to be seen.
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