Chris Jericho On WWE Ratings Decline: ‘That’s On You’

May 2, 2021 - by James Walsh

Chris Jericho made an appearance on a recent edition of Busted Open Radio to discuss a wide range of topics.

During it, he talked about AEW creating news stars and WWE not doing that, which he thinks is the main reason for their decline in television ratings.

“Our goal from the start was to make new stars. Because that’s what wrestling’s all about. It always has been. If you look at last week’s show, where we had Jungle Boy vs. Darby Allin in the main event, we had Shida vs. Tay Conti in a main event. Those are two kinds of fence post matches on our show and they both did a great number.

“We’ve made Darby Allin into a legit main event draw. I mean last night he’s in the main event with Ten for God’s sake and it will probably do a good number. I give us a full Barry Horowitz pat on the back for that because we set out to do it and we did it. It’s not hard to do; pick the right guy and just stick with them. We paired Darby with Sting, so he got that rub. And now Sting is almost, I’m not going to say lackey, but he’s almost Darby’s second at this point. And that’s probably exactly what he should be.

“If you look at what we’ve done with Jericho, MJF, Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz, Wardlow, that’s another aspect. We are building these guys and girls because it just can’t be Jericho vs. Cody, vs. Kenny over and over again. Nor would we want it to be.

“When Vince goes to the investors (during the conference call) and says ‘the Raw ratings are down because we haven’t created any new stars, that’s completely on you guys! We (AEW) knew from the start we had to make stars. A lot of the guys on our show, Bucks, and Kenny included, Hangman Page; I said it on the Broken Skull Sessions, they weren’t known on a national level. On a national network television level. We’ve built them up, and then suddenly all these kinds of the second wave of guys and girls are getting in there.”

5 Responses

  1. Pisto75666 says:

    Well, as long as you’re only focusing on AEW, Chris. *eyeroll*

  2. Mike Oxmaul says:

    Another Jericho interview, another WWE bash. AEW are obsessed with WWE

  3. Mackdeezy says:

    Creating new stars…. see, I’ll agree that WWE hasnt done that in a while, at least on Raw/SD. But holy hell, man… did AEW create you, Moxley, or Sting? Or did they create all those former WWE guys? Seriously, calm down a little there, Jericho.

  4. Axel says:

    The one thing you forget Mac is that while AEW didn’t create people like Jericho or Mox or Sting, they are trying to use them at times to help give rubs to other people. Darby, OC, MJF, Sammy, etc, all getting rubs.

    Also can you honestly say WWE never used talent from other places with name value to give rubs to their own people in the company’s history?

  5. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    Good grief, the WWE fanbase is blinder than a bat. Jericho is spot on. And if you need proof, look at the Orton/Fiend debacle. Instead of building The Fiend who was over huge with the fans, they put Orton over. WWE hasn’t really worked on building new stars for a long time now, and it’s coming back to haunt them.

    But hey, AEW could organically develop the next Hogan like mega star and the WWE fan boys will still find a reason to bash them.

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