Cody Rhodes comments on if AEW could work with WWE Submitted by Aaron T-Bar Rift on 02/15/2021 at 03:50 PM
Cody Rhodes recently did an interview with NYPost.com and here is an excerpt:
Q: "Dynamite two weeks ago had wrestlers from NWA, Impact and New Japan. Is there an end goal in your guysí minds of how you want this idea of talent sharing to affect wrestling? It feels like a throwback to the territory days."
A: "I think of 'All In' itself. 'All In' is a show that ROH (Ring of Honor) helped us with that Matt (Jackson), Nick (Jackson), myself did all the work for outside of that initial production element and the reason it was important that the three of us do it was we were able to let all these old rules go away. Thatís a very dangerous and powerful precedent to set if you literally do put down all the bridges and you do put down all the doors. Again, this is all hypothetical, but there is no reason AEW couldnít work with New Japan. Weíre aware of the world outside. Bullet Club is a big part of our blood in AEW. So thereís no reason we couldnít work with New Japan. Thereís no reason Jacob Fatu couldnít take a step over from MLW and stand across the ring from me.
Thereís no reason that there couldnít be a potential WWE crossover one day. And I donít mean thatís a thing thatís been discussed or happening, but none of those rules that exist for other places exist for us. Wrestling is really this universal industry. The territory reference that you made, thatís fairly accurate, but the part of it thatís most accurate was there was a genuine trust.
Eddie Graham and Vince (McMahon) Sr. they traded people all the time and made prolific pieces of business out of it and they did it in a way where they introduced these characters in New York and then next thing you know they introduce these characters in Florida and it kept things fresh because above all, Wednesday Night War or not the main thing we have to do for fans for the rest of this run Ė and I want this company to be around forever ó is keep it fresh. It canít ever get stale.
Our doors are open if the business is right, if the moment is right, if the time right. Our bridges are down. Iíll be the one curmudgeon AEW guy to make sure itís all good."