AEW TNT Champion, Cody Rhodes, has spoken on the negative fan reaction received for the hype for Hikaru Shida vs. Nyla Rose.
On Saturday, November 7, Japanese sensation Shida will defend her coveted AEW Women’s Championship against Rose at AEW Full Gear. However, there has been some backlash for the way the promotion have approached the build for this bout.
During his recent media call, Cody discussed the criticism while attempting to remain as upbeat as possible:
“I personally am not disappointed because my outlook on wrestling is there’s a wrestling ring, and we have wrestlers, and we have rankings, and there will be matches. I do understand that for the last 20 years, fans have been conditioned to think that every match is going to start with an invisible camera in a piece of cake in catering, and someone takes that last piece of cake and now there’s drama, now there is a ‘storyline’. In our case – sports centric – we’re right back to it. I meant it when I said it.
I hope folks aren’t disappointed when they get this actual wonderful match between two incredible female performers. Shida, there is no one better. No one better than Shida, and I’m talking about our women’s division/our men’s division. But I am aware that for 20 years, they’ve been conditioned to every match needs to have a warranted story connected to it. That will not be the case with AEW. We have wrestling matches because we’re a wrestling show. It’s in the title, and I hope if there was any disappointment in the build, there will be no disappointment in the execution.”
Since capturing the AEW Women’s Championship from Rose at Double or Nothing or June 23, Hikaru Shida has become the most popular champions the lineage has had as well as one of the most reliable and exciting workers in the world today.
Cody wasn’t finished with the AEW Women’s Championship Match. Next he addressed the NWA World Women’s Championship Match between defender Serena Deeb and former champion, Allysin Kay, which will take place on the AEW Full Gear Buy-In:
“One thing that’s really special about AEW, and we say it, and it sounds like a shill but it’s not a shill – we’re open for business. Our bridges are down and our doors are open. We came up with Allysin and Serena, who I can’t say enough nice things about either of them, but particularly Serena… Just really, talk about stepping up to the plate, and I’ve known Serena since I was 20 years old. She’s a very very special wrestler, but in terms of that match, having a another woman’s match on the card, I think Tony Khan was the one who had the foresight to connect with Billy. He’s always connecting with Billy when it comes to the NWA presence, which is a lingering thing, and it’s a good lingering thing.
They have a good relationship, and like I said, the doors are open and the bridges are down for different companies and people from different worlds/crossovers. And that is what you’re seeing with AEW Full Gear, having the NWA Women’s Champion on the show and having someone like Allysin, who has a great deal of buzz and who’s captured the imagination of the audience, especially just recently. She’s a great veteran, revered and respected in the wrestling world. I think it’ll be a hell of a match.”
Serena Deeb captured the NWA World Women’s Championship from Thunder Rosa on the October 27 UWN Primetime Live and made her first defence the following evening against ‘Legit’ Leyla Hirsch on AEW Dynamite.
Allysin Kay left the NWA on November 3, after helping to pioneer the promotion’s women’s division during it’s restart with NWA Powerrr.
Cody will defend the AEW TNT Championship against Derby Allin at Full Gear
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