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Cody Rhodes Admits He Wasn’t Always The “Biggest Fan” Of AEW Women’s Division

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Cody Rhodes has admitted that he initially wasn’t the biggest fan of AEW’s women’s division.

In recent weeks and months the AEW women’s division has been going from strength to strength. Women’s Champion Britt Baker stands as one of the biggest names in women’s wrestling while the division’s recently introduced second championship is currently worn by the undefeated Jade Cargill.

Furthermore, the additions of likes of Ruby Soho and Mercedes Martinez have opened up new and exciting match-ups for established AEW stars such as Thunder Rosa and Nyla Rose.

Appearing on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Cody Rhodes discussed the rise of the women’s wrestling in AEW. Although Rhodes did admit that he wasn’t initially the biggest fan of the division.

“I entered AEW not perhaps the biggest fan, and I am not saying I was and I wasn’t. But now, there are guarantees on our show,” he stressed. “You put Serena Deeb out there, you better have your working boots on, or she will outwork you. That’s genuine change in wrestling, and it’s great to see. I am at the school now, and we’ve got five girls in this camp. It’s not like back then there wasn’t an example to look at, but now the pressure is on, it really is.”

Rhodes also revealed that there are male wrestlers within the wider wrestling industry that are “rooting against” women’s wrestling.

“I think there’s a lot of male wrestlers who behind the scenes are kind of rooting against it. And I am not saying at AEW,” he pointed out. “I am saying in the general space of wrestling, and they need to hop on because it’s happening, it’s growing, it’s building, and it’s really cool to see. And, as a wrestler on the show, it’s another top person. ‘Hey, Jon Moxley doesn’t have to wrestle every week, because Jade can go out there and wrestle. Because Thunder can wrestle, Deeb can wrestle, Britt can wrestle,’ it’s endless.”

The former TNT Champion then made the surprise admission that during AEW’s first year a male wrestler asked for Aubrey Edwards not to referee his matches.

“There was a wrestler in year one of All Elite Wrestling who privately told me, ‘I don’t want Aubrey in my matches,’” Cody revealed. “He was basically trying to say, ‘she’s not a man,’ he was leaning that way. Fast forward to three years later, that individual is requesting Aubrey for the matches.”

Cody Rhodes was last in action on the January 26th, Beach Break episode of AEW Dynamite in a Ladder Match for the Undisputed TNT Championship. Despite his best efforts in the chaotic bout it was rival Sammy Guevara who emerged victorious.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.