Cody Rhodes has discussed the ‘disappointment’ he felt when the explosion at AEW Revolution did not go to plan.
One of AEW’s Executive Vice Presidents, Rhodes spoke exclusively with Inside The Ropes’Kenny McIntosh in Issue 11 of Inside The Ropes Magazine, detailing the issues surrounding the production and taking responsibility for the show’s underwhelming final explosion:
“You have to meet things with honesty. One of the biggest parts of our product is we can’t be so arrogant and just say, ‘Hey, let’s move on and not acknowledge it’ or, ‘Hey, let’s treat it as if it was this amazing moment’. I think that’s the type of company we are. We’re going to talk about it and we’re going to put heat where heat needs to be put.
I don’t think I’ve ever gone on the record saying this, and I gladly will – I’m one of the producers of the show. You know, Tony’s the main boss and I work for Tony, but as one of the executive vice presidents, I put the heat on me. I did not see what a final demo would look like and I wish, to this day, I had. And now every time that we ever have a situation, I’ll know I need to see it even if it costs Tony money. Hopefully, he’s OK with that. We need to see it. We can’t just go on trust or faith.”
Rhodes also opened up about feeling disappointed in his role in the mishap, particularly given the efforts of the performers, Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega:
“The devil is in the details in wrestling and I felt like I was sitting there in go position when it happened and I felt a lot of disappointment in myself. I know Kenny and Mox had worked so hard, but, yeah, if you have problems with things, just blame me, because technically that is supposed to be part of the job and I’m OK with that because it makes us learn and it makes us better. But we were never going to act like it didn’t happen. There’s no way. You can’t act like that didn’t happen. That’s not our style. So I was proud of how we handled it.”
The company did of course rebound from the setback, thanks to some deft promo work from Eddie Kingston, and even received praise for the contest from Explosion match originator Atushi Onita.