Cody Rhodes Criticizes The WWE Model
Cody Rhodes has been openly critical about the way that WWE does business for some time now. He has never stopped himself from criticizing their focus and this time, he decided to comment on the fans being critical of the fact that they did not have live events in the way that WWE did.
AEW currently only has one show in a week, which is televised live, while WWE has multiple non-televised events each week. Talking about that Cody stated that it was beneficial to be working only one day and it allowed talents to go back to Independent wrestling promotions and work some shows there as well. He said that the live event scene was ‘antiquated’ and that they were not the same as the television shows, with their shows getting less audiences if they are spread out in such manner, making it more available.
“I think the model of the live-event system, and I’m not trying to knock anybody, is antiquated. The last few years [I was] with WWE, those houses for live events and not TVs were pretty – they were good, they were a couple thousand – but they weren’t the same as the big TV spectacle. It just seems like you’re putting less of an emphasis on your show when you spread yourself out like that.”Cody Rhodes
However, that was not the case for AEW, as for AEW it was all about Dynamite and that was their only shows, as well as the four pay-per-views a year. He said that everything that took place outside that was shoulder content and could be watched or not watched, depending on the wishes of the viewer, as all they would have to do is to tune into Dynamite to be all caught up about what’s going on.
Cody Rhodes On His Brother’s Role In AEW
One of the best storyline matches that has taken place in wrestling so far is the one involving Cody Rhodes facing his brother, Dustin Rhodes. The two put on an epic experience at Double or Nothing, that may go down as the best match of the year.
However, the original plan was never for them to continue working together. Cody recently revealed that it was only after Double or Nothing that Dustin wanted to come on-board with AEW full-time. Currently, Dustin is working as a coach for the women and the men in AEW and has become indispensable to the functioning of the AEW brand.
“He’s special. This experience with each other – we weren’t planning on working together. After Double or Nothing he wanted to come on full time, and it’s really special to be working with my brother. He runs a class – which he set up himself – for the women’s division, and he works with a few of the men, as well…. He just dove right in to the coach side of this. And I can say now, he’s one of the people I could not do this without. You ask how this was all possible, you’ve got to be flanked by people like Dustin Rhodes.”Cody Rhodes
Jon Moxley On Creative Freedom In AEW
Jon Moxley has recently said on the State of Combat podcast that he had a lot more control over his in-ring character and had been given more creative control. He said that he had full control and so he was not going to go out there and do things that make him look stupid, something that had been a weight on his shoulders during his time in WWE.
“Pretty much it’s a collaborative effort. There are so many great ideas that come in. I’m hearing really good ideas. I have full control in that I am not going to go out there and do anything that makes me look stupid, at least not on purpose, which is a giant weight off of my shoulders.”Jon Moxley