Cody Rhodes has responded to the rumours that AEW will be running unopposed on Wednesday nights following WrestleMania, saying AEW can’t be reactionary as he’s prepared for there to be “something else” opposing them.
Answering a question from Inside The Ropes‘ very own Kenny McIntosh, AEW’s Executive Vice President responded to a report from Mat Men Podcast, part of the Wrestling Observer family, that NXT would be moving to Tuesday nights.
“I obviously anticipated this question to a degree. If that’s the case and we are no longer going to be opposed on Wednesday nights, I’m sure we will come up with some sort of wonderful statement. What could I say? ‘Congratulations to NXT on a successful move to Tuesday nights, the real winners are the fans who can watch NXT and Dynamite live every week as this is a marathon, not a one night sprint’? I could say that. But I don’t want to be sassy or a jerk.”
Cody went on to say he thinks WWE would actually move something else to a Wednesday, and that NXT would then be running against AEW Dark, so there will always be competition.
“I think they’ll perhaps end up moving something else to Wednesdays and AEW Dark is on Tuesdays, so AEW Dark would potentially be opposed. That’s why we can’t get into a matter of being reactionary. We have to put out the best show, we really do, and if they want to beat us, they have to put out a better show. It’s honest competition.”
The former TNT Champion would open up about the “digs” but said they’re largely fun between the talents, and that the management is where the jabs come from, but praised Tony Khan for being “a different type” of management figure.
“Yeah, there’s digs and they are fun and light-hearted. Believe me, all the locker rooms tend to love each other, it’s more the management that tends to be pointed at each other. And when it comes to friendly relationships, Tony is a different type of management person, a different type of executive.”
Rhodes rounded off by saying he’d “love” AEW to be alone on Wednesday nights – but was yet to be convinced.
“I would love us to be alone on Wednesday nights but I’m prepared for there to be something else, so we’ll see.”
AEW Revolution takes place on March 7th, and is available via Fite TV for viewers outside the United States.