Dynamite blew NXT out of the water on Wednesday night, bringing 1.4 million viewers compared to NXT's 891,000, also attracting a laudatory message from WWE.
Per Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the statement reads: "Congratulations to AEW on a successful premiere. The real winners of last night's head-to-head telecasts of NXT on USA Network and AEW on TNT are the fans, who can expect Wednesday nights to be a competitive and wild ride as this is a marathon, not a one-night sprint."
This does seem a bit out of character for Vince McMahon, who likely wrote this himself or sanctioned it at the very least - if the above source is to be believed. And Jericho is convinced it's because WWE's embarrassed over losing the ratings game to AEW in their first head-to-head battle.
"Because they're embarrassed," he said to Complex Sports (h/t 411mania.com).
"I know how they work. And the fact is, I haven't seen the actual rating but I'm assuming they know how it is, and I think we probably kicked their ass. They started this. Everything that they've done has been a reactionary move to us."
Jericho also claimed that AEW isn't in a war with any other company and the only thing that matters to AEW is AEW.
"We're not in a war with anybody besides ourselves," he continued. "I don't care if you resurrect John and George and it's the reunion of the Beatles at the Super Bowl or whatever. All that matters is our show. You can put anything up against us, and we can't compete with that. We can compete with what we're doing."
We're Still A Ways From Seeing Who Really Embarrasses Who
There's a lot more Wednesday nights to go before the winner of the unavoidable war is decided. In the meantime, we're fine with sitting back and watching two promotions try their best to outdo the other while entertaining the masses.
Apart from the respectable ratings, Dynamite received an 8.4 out of 10 score from IGN's Matt Fowler and a 7.5 from 411Mania's Larry Csonka.