Speaking in a new interview, Cody Rhodes has opened up about his role as AEW Executive Vice President, while addressing claims that he’s “buried talent.”
Cody Rhodes has become part of the fabric of AEW after helping form the promotion alongside The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. The American Nightmare was initially heavily featured on AEW television challenging for the World Championship before winning the TNT Title.
In more recent times Rhodes has remained away from the AEW World Championship picture while also embarking on numerous ventures outside of the ring. Most recently his own scripted reality show alongside his wife Brandi, Rhodes To The Top.
In conversation with Monsters and Critics Reality, Rhodes discussed his role as an AEW EVP, explaining that while it’s great that the company have signed the likes of CM Punk, the next generation of ‘homegrown’ talent is also crucial.
“Well, that’s technically my number one job at AEW as the Executive Vice President of Talent. That’s the most important thing I already know that Bryan Danielson is famous, I already know that CM Punk is amazing in the ring, that Kenny Omega can have a five-star match, I know that. It’s our job to show you who in five years, or three years, will be leading the charge and if you just look at some of the homegrown types with Ricky Starks, and MJF, and Private Party, and Lee Johnson, I mean, I could go on and on. It’s vastly important,”
Expanding further, Rhodes addressed claims that he’s “buried talent” during his run with AEW. The former TNT Champion hit back saying that for three years he’s helped introduce talent, something he enjoys.
“There’s this online outlook on me [that suggests] that all I do is bury talent. Gosh, I feel like I spent three years introducing talent and I wrestled a pay-per-view against an absolute rookie. That’s the job though. I love that part. Darby is somebody who’s just blowing everyone away. I’m glad people get to see that side of Ricky and I think he will be, too, because Ricky presents himself as so confident and suave. But you can’t forget that Ricky is new into our industry. He showed up for the TNT open challenge. He didn’t win the match, but he won himself a job, and now, TV wrestling is far different than independent wrestling, and seeing Ricky navigate that space and emerge on such a level that he has — I’m very proud of both those guys Darby and Ricky.”
Recalling Ricky Starks’ debut against him, Rhodes revealed that Arn Anderson instantly knew that the young star was heading for bigger things.
“Yeah, when he was standing in the ring for the open challenge — so much realness happens on Dynamite that people may not realize, but Arn [Anderson] just whispered in my ear, and he said, ‘He looks better than some of our guys, and he wasn’t wrong. Then the next day, he was one of our guys. You know, Tony [Khan] always has the foresight to see somebody coming and Ricky was undeniable.”
AEW’s EVP’s have been the source of much speculation in recent weeks and months with rumours suggesting that that there had been some kind of fall-out backstage.
Meanwhile, a new report has said that the roles of Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega have shifted. The report notes that AEW President Tony Khan has taken power away from the group, adding that Rhodes has been somewhat cut adrift from the Bucks and Omega leaving him “on the outside looking in.”
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.