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Cody Rhodes Discusses AEW’s UK Plans

Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes has confirmed that AEW will “absolutely” be coming to the UK “when the gates open” – as well as noting that discussions have happened with ITV regarding expansion.

Rhodes was talking to Stephanie Chase of Digital Spy on the AEW Full Gear media call when making the comments. Rhodes added that wrestling in front of a UK crowd was a necessity for wrestlers, too.

“I know I’m not supposed to break any news and ultimately Tony Khan is steering the ship – but I can tell you flat-out, when the gates open, when the world is open again, we will absolutely be in the UK.

“I don’t think for just one show, there’s too many markets and you haven’t wrestled, you’re not a wrestler, in my opinion, until you’ve wrestled in front of the UK crowd. There’s nothing like it, they go a different way and they go a very special way.”

Discussing their successful first year with ITV, Cody Rhodes added:

“Chris Harrington put together an intense spreadsheet on how well we were doing and how pointed the data was in terms of families and homes, in terms of 18 to 49, the actual youth of the United Kingdom and how plugged in they were. That type of success hopefully will beget more success and more penetration and presence when it comes to our great TV partner that is ITV. So those discussions, to be frank, have happened.

“I’m really proud of that data, I’m proud to be partners with ITV. So our UK presence, hopefully we’ll have a great 2021. We’re definitely geared and heading that way and I can’t wait to see what else we do on ITV.”

H/T to Digital Spy for the transcription.

AEW Full Gear will be available live via Fite TV on Saturday, November 7th.