Last week’s series premiere of AEW Dynamite on TNT saw special appearances from Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, who were seated ringside throughout the show and even mixed it up verbally with tag team stars Angelico and Jack Evans.
Smith was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show this week along with AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, and revealed that he and Mewes were actually invited to be a part of the WWE Friday Night Smackdown debut – until their invite was pulled following the appearance on AEW television.
“…and then the morning after we were on the AEW show – it trended, and there was a lot of coverage and stuff – and so the next morning we were told that WWE was like, ‘You can’t come on anymore’. They cancelled us. We couldn’t come on anymore.” … “Can you believe it? It felt really weird, man! There was a line drawn in the sand, and they pushed us on to the one side of it.”
As for Jericho, the six-time WWE world champion isn’t worried about competition from his former employer, and doesn’t consider AEW to be “at war” with anyone.
“Just by the fact that we exist, it made WWE angry. They’ve been the monopoly for so long. Are we competition? I guess figuratively we are, but for us it’s an alternative. It’s an option. They put one of their shows up against ours on a Wednesday night, which is fine. Some people are proclaiming it the Wrestling Wars, or the Wednesday Night Wars. We’re not at war with WWE. You could put the Super Bowl up against us. We can’t worry about what the counter-programming is. We’re just worried about doing our own show, and doing the best show that we can do.”