Jim Ross believes Vince McMahon is 'threatened' by what AEW can do


Jim Ross is in full belief that Vince McMahon has made NXT a live show on the USA Network as he feels threatened by AEW and what they could potentially do in the wrestling business.

AEW announced earlier this year that they would be broadcasting a live weekly show every Wednesday night from October 2.

In response to this, earlier this week, WWE announced that NXT would be moving from the WWE Network to the USA Network and will be broadcasted live each week from September 18.

On the latest episode of Grilling JR, Ross stated that he's not surprised by WWE's recent changes to NXT, as he believes Vince is threatened by what AEW could do.

He said, via Fightful: "I'm not surprised, knowing Vince as well as I do and working with him so closely. Being laid back and letting AEW grow freely and independently was never going to happen.

"He feels threatened, for some crazy reason. That's interesting to me. I saw on Twitter, 'AEW started this because Cody busted up a throne.' I can see where the point is made. But I don't know there was ever any gunshots at each other. But it didn't surprise me. Competition is good.

"We'll be very happy to compete. We knew it was going to be a competition all long and that it wasn't going to be an easy road. At no time in my short experience with Tony Khan have I heard one person ever say, 'We're gonna get WWE on this one.' It's brought up online and in the wrestling media."


The AEW commentator and advisor added: "When Vince moved NXT off his own Network, it tells us all we need to know. Is WWE aware and cautious about the development of AEW? The answer is obviously 'Yes.' Should they be? I don't really know.

"No one is going to supplant WWE as the number one sports entertainment company in the world. The goal of AEW is to provide a great product to lapsed fans and others with an athletically based, old-school oriented product.

"And to make a profit for the Khan family. It's all about us. Not about them. It should motivate all of our guys. They should see this as a competitive challenge.

"All I give a damn about is how well our show is going to be at All Out. Bring it on. Let's compete. Hopefully, we won't break down into some Mickey Mouse, infantile bullshit on either side."


The head to head battle between AEW and NXT is already being dubbed the Wednesday Night Wars. Cody Rhodes has already dubbed Wednesday night the most important night in wrestling today.

Competition usually brings the best out of all parties. We'll have to wait and see exactly what AEW and NXT can produce each week, but there should be excellent quality content for all wrestling fans to enjoy.

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