In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Cody spoke about the current live event system of professional wrestling, which the AEW executive says is ‘antiquated.’ Here are highlights:
On being a wrestler and an executive: I think its just a matter of time management. And you really have to split yourself in that positive way where you know when youre getting ready for your own segment, and you know when youre getting ready for your own piece of the narrative in a two-hour show, and then you have to know when youre touring around a third-party group, or talking to a younger talent about a pre-tape and whos going to shoot it, or reviewing somebodys work you just have to know when to turn on the performer. And when you turn on the performer, thats really fun because you can let all that stuff go for just a few minutes, and kind of be a shark out in the ocean again. Get your blood pumping about going out there and wrestling in front of thousands of people.
On doing only one show a week: “One of the benefits of working for All Elite Wrestling if youre a competitor youre really only working one day a week. The really die-hard, committed, kind of golden circle of our company is always working, and that includes wrestlers not just management. Their minds always going. But its new to wrestling that Tonys offered this schedule. Some people are free to do independent [shows] on the weekends where they can keep getting their reps in. Some other people dont need the reps like my brother [Dustin Rhodes, formerly known as Goldust in WWE], hes had 20 years of reps. Hes TV-ready always, as kind of proven by this last week in there with The Young Bucks and Santana and Ortiz. I think its the way it should be.
I think the model of the live-event system, and Im not trying to knock anybody, is antiquated. The last few years [I was] with WWE, those houses for live events and not TVs were pretty they were good, they were a couple thousand but they werent the same as the big TV spectacle. It just seems like youre putting less of an emphasis on your show when you spread yourself out like that. So, I think everything is about Dynamite. To follow AEW, youve got to watch Dynamite. Dynamites our only show. Four pay-per-views a year. And everything that exists outside of that is shoulder content, its stuff you can watch if you want to. And if not, tune into Dynamite and be caught right up.
On removing himself from the AEW World title picture: “It was solely my decision. Tony was not a fan of it, but he understood why I wanted to do it. And I heard both sides of the argument. Right now, Im in a spot with the fans that Ive never been in before. Ive never gotten reactions like this. Ive never been as good as I am in the ring right now. You know, mens wrestler prime is 35 [years old], thats what everyone always says. Im 34. So, I think Im almost there. … But also, I dont want to face any of the criticisms or any of the asterisks that my dad [Dusty Rhodes] faced because they werent fair to his legacy.
When he was with [Jim Crockett Promotions], people talk about all that, he made everybody at Crockett rich. Him and Ric Flair were the top stars. When youre the top stars, theyre what the people wanted to see. But they all received that criticism later on, the political aspect of it. I figured I would just take a different path. Its not going to stop me from wrestling. Its not going to stop me from even main-eventing if the match calls for it. But the title doesnt belong to me. And unless the fans really wanted me to be champion, to wouldnt belong to me. So right now, Im happy with that decision.