TNT Threatened To Pull Dynamite If Talent Was Seen Smoking

Chris Jericho’s accolades in the pro wrestling world speak for themselves. He is also proud to be working in AEW and isn’t afraid to show it, and during a segment in the early days of Dynamite, TNT made it be known who is in charge and how much they will accept.

Cursing is acceptable, blood is cool but TNT draws the line when it comes to smoking.

While speaking to Stephanie Chase, Chris Jericho revealed that a segment on Dynamite in 2019 prior to AEW Full Gear enraged TNT so much that they threatened to pull AEW Dynamite if they ever showed smoking on the show again.

TNT is rolling with it because the ratings are great and the demo is high. Obviously, there’s certain things we’ve been reprimanded for, there are a few things I could tell you. We’re not stupid, if there’s something that goes on that the parent company doesn’t like, we don’t do it anymore. That’s why AEW is as successful as we are because we’re not afraid to take a few chances and we’re not worried about taking chances or getting slapped on the wrist if we do something that we shouldn’t do. We just don’t do it again.

It hasn’t been that many times. For me, there’s a few times I can recall when they say, ‘don’t do that again.’ One of them was when we beat up Dustin Rhodes in the parking lot and as we left, I lit up a cigar. They did not like that. No smoking allowed on the show. They were super angry about it. No smoking allowed! I was like, “Really, out of all the things, that’s what they are mad at?’ They were very adamant, they didn’t want any smoking on the show and if we did it again, I don’t know if this was used but the way it was told me was, ‘we’ll pull the show if you guys do it again.’ Alright, I don’t need to be smoking. I just did it because It thought it was an asshole thing to do. Apparently, so did they.”

The episode in question took place on October 30 2019.

Jericho will be partnering up with Jake Hager and will square off against Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page on AEW Rampage Grand Slam this week. We will have to wait and see who will win the match.

h/t to Fightful for the quotes.

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