Cody Rhodes addressed a high-risk spot in one of his recent matches, saying it might be the dumbest thing he’s ever done.
On the December 1st episode of AEW Dynamite, Cody Rhodes and Andrade went to war in a brutal Atlanta Street Fight that featured chairs, tables, a golden shovel, and even a taser. However, it was the finale that stood out most. With Rhodes and Andrade perched on the top rope, looking to drive each other through the table which had been assembled below, a hooded figure rushed the ring.
The mystery intruder quickly revealed themselves to be Brandi Rhodes, making her first appearance in AEW in a number of months. Not content with simply watching the action unfold, Brandi then set the table on fire, leaving her husband to suplex Andrade through the now flaming furniture to secure the win.
The aftermath of the match left Cody Rhodes, who took the brunt of the flaming table spot, with multiple burns on his back. AEW shared images of Rhodes on social media, showing charred bits of table still clinging to the wrestler’s back. Cody provided an update on his condition just over a week later, showing the scarring on his back inflicted by the crazy spot.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 2, 2021
Speaking to Connor Casey of ComicBook, Cody admitted that the spot may be the dumbest thing he’s ever done, but also that it made for a great image.
“I’m going to try and keep my language somewhat clean, but (that was) maybe the dumbest thing I’ve ever done But man, it was cool. Dumb, but also what a good image, in terms of just that’s how we do Dynamite.
Cody Rhodes went on to explain that his goal for the spot wasn’t to top what he’d done in the past, but rather to leave fans with a lasting impression and the idea that street fights in AEW will always be anything but basic.
“That specific incident wasn’t so much about topping myself, I just hate in wrestling when you’ll hear, “Oh, it’s a street fight. It’s a Tupelo Falls Count Anywhere match or whatever,” and then it’s just Basic Betty, it’s checking boxes versus actually taking that level of danger into account. And that’s what I wanted to do.
“I wanted to make sure people know that, if there’s a Street Fight on AEW, it’s a Street Fight. It’s going to leave you with a lasting memory and, ultimately, I think we did that.”
After defeating Andrade in their Atlanta Street Fight, Cody Rhodes set his sights back on the TNT Championship, which he won for a record third time when he defeated Sammy Guevara on the Christmas Day edition of Rampage. He and Guevara are set to face off for the title once again at Battle of the Belts on January 8.