WWE has a very fine line between heels and babyfaces. Seldom will they venture into a gray area like with Bray Wyatt’s Fiend character. For Cody Rhodes, making the difference between the two is a thing of the past.
Cody will face Warhorse on Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite. This was brought on after a social media outcry and #CodyFearsWarhorse flooding the Internet Wrestling Community.
Disco Inferno used #Warhorse to pose a question. Is Cody Rhodes a heel or a babyface? He also commented saying that this entire thing is like an old school angle with a list of contender and it’s people who don’t even work there.
Is Cody Rhodes a heel? This is like the old school angle where you have a list of worthy contenders and they are just a bunch of indy workers that don’t even work for the company. #warhorse
Cody Rhodes’ answer was simple. He’s neither. Instead of being a bad guy or a good guy, he’s simply a competitor and the reigning TNT Champion.
He said that “tired old tropes” are insulting to the viewer. It isn’t a black and white issue anymore, because fans will cheer for who they like. That’s the “beautiful thing” about it for The American Nightmare.
I’m neither. I’m a competitor & a reigning champion. Tired old tropes are even more insulting to the viewer considering I’ve been on their TV since I was 20. It ain’t black and white, it hasn’t been in forever. Circumstances of the match dictate who we cheer for, beautiful thing.
AEW brought in Eddie Kingston this week, and Warhorse is coming in the next week. Ricky Starks was also a former TNT Title challenger, and he was signed to the company right after his first match. Who’s to say that these matches aren’t auditions instead of some “old school angle?”
We’ll have to see what AEW does, because there was certainly an outcry from fans to bring Eddie Kingston aboard after his passionate performance on Dynamite. Perhaps Warhorse will be the next as fans start yet another hashtag directed at All Elite Wrestling.