Bully Ray Comments on AEW vs NXT

Recently on SiriusXM Busted Open, Bully Ray and Dave Lagreca discussed the idea of Vince McMahon deciding to move NXT to USA and go head-to-head with AEW on Wednesday nights. In the broadcast, Bully Ray compared the move to The Godfather in that it’s all business:

“No matter what move AEW makes, Vince knows that he cannot let them run unopposed. 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?

“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.”

Busted Open can be heard weekdays on SiriusXM Fight Nation, channel 156, from 9am to 12pm EST, with replays at 12pm and 10pm EST. You can also listen to the replays anytime on-demand with the SiriusXM App.


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