All Elite Wrestling Dynamite airs on TNT every Wednesday night. The USA Network hosts a pro wrestling show at the same time and so far AEW has defeated NXT in the ratings. Last week was close, but Cody Rhodes spoke about countering NXT and that’s not something AEW is going to do.
While speaking at Starrcast IV, Cody Rhodes said that AEW can’t be a reactionary pro wrestling show. They have worked hard to generate their fan base and they don’t want to betray the initial vision of All Elite Wrestling that was instilled from the get-go.
“We can never become a reactionary wrestling show. I think that if we become reactionary we lose the whole identity of what people joined and what they signed up for dating all the way back to All In when they went All In on us and validated our [vision]. We said ‘Hey, this is real, it’s gonna happen’ and the next one, and the next one.”
“So, we can’t be reactionary. Obviously, if you hear, ‘Oh [WWE] is going to use this big star [on NXT]’ or things of that nature you don’t wanna be blind to it, but if we’re reactionary then we’re not doing the right thing then we start doing ratings ploys where we’re like ‘Oh, we need to put this guy on here because this is on here’ and that’s not… we just gotta be AEW.”
Cody Rhodes went on to say that NXT was “on in the go position the other day” and he asked to have it turned off. The next night after Full Gear, Tony Khan was asked about the AEW production truck having a dedicated screen for the USA Network.
Khan said that he doesn’t know what they’re watching in the truck, but he spends his time backstage during Dynamite where they don’t even have cable access in most arenas.
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