Chris Jericho: TNT Threatened To Pull AEW Dynamite After I Smoked On The Show
Jericho lit up and got AEW in trouble
Chris Jericho has recalled TNT being so upset with him smoking during an October 2019 episode of AEW Dynamite that they threatened to pull the show if he ever did it again.
While TNT have been lenient with AEW over certain aspects of the broadcast because of how strong the ratings are, the network took particular exception to an instance of Jericho lighting up a cigar.
The Demo God took a puff on a cigar on the October 30 2019 episode, after he and the Inner Circle broke Dustin Rhodes' arm in the parking lot, something that upset TNT so much that they apparently said they'd not show AEW Dynamite any more if it happened again.
Speaking to Stephanie Chase, Jericho said: "TNT is rolling with it because the ratings are great and the demo is high. Obviously, there's certain things we've been reprimanded for, there are a few things I could tell you. We're not stupid, if there's something that goes on that the parent company doesn't like, we don't do it anymore.
"That's why AEW is as successful as we are because we're not afraid to take a few chances and we're not worried about taking chances or getting slapped on the wrist if we do something that we shouldn't do. We just don't do it again.
"It hasn't been that many times. For me, there's a few times I can recall when they say, 'don't do that again.' One of them was when we beat up Dustin Rhodes in the parking lot and as we left, I lit up a cigar. They did not like that. No smoking allowed on the show.
"They were super angry about it. No smoking allowed! I was like, "Really, out of all the things, that's what they are mad at?' They were very adamant, they didn't want any smoking on the show and if we did it again, I don't know if this was used but the way it was told me was, 'we'll pull the show if you guys do it again.'
"Alright, I don't need to be smoking. I just did it because It thought it was an asshole thing to do. Apparently, so did they."