Cody Rhodes took an unprotected chair shot to the head at Fyter Fest. This caused an uproar from the IWC because Cody was busted open in the process. After a bunch of staples, Rhodes seemed to be fine, but this caused another discussion about chair shots in pro wrestling.
If it would have went down like they wanted it to it might have still upset people against chair shots to the head, but at least Cody wouldn’t have been left in a pool of his own blood. That didn’t change the fact that Tony Khan was pretty upset about the whole thing.
Nick: The chair, the middle of it was so thin, it should have probably broke over his head if it was right in the middle. The edge of it happened to nail him right in the back of the head and that’s what cut him up … It would have felt like a cooking sheet, as thin as that. So it should have been like that but it didn’t.
Matt: It hit him at the wrong angle and it busted him open … The lip caught him and it got him good.
Nick: Either way, we knew it would carry controversy.
Matt: We warned him and we were like ‘this is going to be a big thing’ and it was and it had its effect and it worked but I’m just glad he’s okay. It’s scary. Anything messing with your brain, it’s freaky. Everyone was freaked out either way. I’m just glad he’s okay.
Nick: I don’t think Tony will allow that again.
Matt: He was pretty upset about it.
You can blame this mishap on any number of things, but it seemed to just be a perfect storm of unfortunate accidents. It could have been the way they gimmicked the chair or the angle that Shawn Spears whacked Rhodes. Either way, it was certainly a learning experience for AEW.
Thanks to Chris Van Vliet for the quote