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WWE Canceled Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes Appearance Because of AEW Show

Jay and Silent Bob

Jay and Silent Bob have tangled with everything from mall security guards to fallen angels but their latest enemy is none other than the WWE.

While appearing on The Rich Eisen Show to promote Jay and Silent Bob Reboot alongside friend and professional wrestler Chris Jericho -- who has a role in the film -- Smith revealed that he and lifelong friend and co-star Jason Mewes had an appearance planned for the debut of WWE Smackdown Live on the Fox. However, just two days earlier, Smith and Mewes had appeared on the TNT debut broadcast of AEW: Dynamite in Washington, D.C. after being invited by Jericho. As All Elite Wrestling is the first major competitor to the WWE in years, this led to the WWE quietly cancelling the two actors' appearance.

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"The first casualty of the wrestling war is Jay and Silent Bob," observed a bemused Jericho.

While Smith admitted the sudden, last-minute cancellation "felt very weird," he appeared good-natured about it, quickly clarifying that the cancellation notice wasn't presented to him nastily. AEW's cable television debut outperformed WWE's NXT airing the same night, with 1.4 million viewers. The impressive debut is the best broadcast premiere for TNT for the past five years.

AEW: Dynamite airs weekly on TNT at 8 p.m. ET.

Directed by and starring Smith, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot also stars Jason Mewes along with appearances by Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brian O'Halloran, Val Kilmer, Melissa Benoist, Jason Biggs and Fred Armisen. The film arrives in theaters on October 15.

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