WWE Hall Of Famer Bully Ray took to Sirius XM’s “Busted Open Radio” to discuss WWE NXT airing on USA Network. Here are some of the highlights:
Vince McMahon knowing he can’t let AEW run unopposed: “No matter what move AEW makes, Vince knows that he cannot let them run unopposed,” Ray said. “Whether he’s doing a million viewers, or 10 million viewers, you never want to allow your audience to go sample the other product. Now, of course there’s going to be a section of fans that you’re not going to have control of.
“There are going to be many WWE fans who go and check out AEW, the idea is to keep as many eyes on your product, so no matter what chess move AEW made, Vince was going to counter it. Now, knowing what we know of how Vince operates, if AEW were to have a live show on TNT before All Out, do you think Vince McMahon will put counter programming against it?”
The move not being personal, just business: “Why wouldn’t you? This has nothing to do with a personal vendetta, this has to do with business. You cannot just allow a wrestling universe, whether it’s your wrestling universe, or every other person in the wrestling universe, to just watch a brand new product unopposed, it’s ignorant, it’s foolish, it’s dumb business. Everything that the WWE is doing right now to counter AEW is not personal at all.
“Yeah, Triple H calling them pissants is personal, yeah Cody destroying the throne is personal, but that’s personal between those guys. That’s personal between Cody and Hunter. The business end of this is not personal, and trust me when I tell you this Dave, I know this from firsthand knowledge, Vince doesn’t look at things personally.”
What does "The Godfather" have to do with the impending "Wednesday Night War" between #AEW & #NXT ?@bullyray5150 explains why no matter how many personal shots are taken on either side, this is about business for the #WWE and Vince McMahon. pic.twitter.com/kJ55mUzcSG
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) August 21, 2019
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