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Chris Jericho discusses unscripted nature of AEW programming: It’s like wild west

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Chris Jericho admits that the unscripted nature of AEW is both good and bad in different ways.

The promotion owned by Tony Khan was started as an alternative to WWE. From the very beginning, the company has tried to differentiate itself from what the Endeavor-owned promotion offers to fans as well as the performers.

One big selling point of the company is the lack of writers which means that every talent has to write their own promos. While on paper it makes the company a better place for any wrestler, in reality, it has also led to some real-life tensions between talents in the locker room from time to time.

The good and bad of unscripted programming

Chris Jericho discussed the unscripted nature of AEW while promoting shows with Fox 4. He mentioned that it makes the company a little bit like the wild west:

“I think it’s just a little bit more freewheeling, a little more wild west. We’re kind of more in control of our own destinies here. There’s not a lot of outside input into what we’re doing, which in some ways is good, in some ways, it’s not so good. It depends on the performer, on the wrestler.

But I think that, people can feel that when they watch it’s a little bit more of a party type of vibe, a little bit more wacky, a little more crazy, which equals more fun. I think that’s something that you can always say about AEW, is (that) it does go against the grain a little bit, it is a little bit more of a vigilante, a little more maverick, which makes it a little more exciting.”

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