In the main event of tonight’s AEW Dynamite, Cody Rhodes tag teamed up with PAC and Lucha Brothers against Malakai Black, Andrade El Idolo, and FTR. During the match, Cody did his trademark weight belt toss out to the Chicago crowd, but it boomeranged it’s way back to the ring seconds later. He looked so sad at the reply; anyone would feel bad for him.
The rebellion drew a big thumbs down from the audience as seen in the video at the end of this article. To get their heads back in the match, Andrade scooped up the belt and threw it under the ring. At some point though, the belt shuffled its way back to Cody Rhodes.
Cody again proudly put the belt around his waist. He later tossed it out again, although it was unclear exactly where it went. This time it didn’t come back.
Cody then teased exiting via the heel tunnel at the top of the entrance ramp once he was off the air. That is a big deal in AEW as heels and babyfaces have different entrances. There was a huge Cody chant, and in that context, people were really excited to see him.
AEW President Tony Khan made parallels earlier this month between Cody Rhodes and John Cena as both being polarizing figures. Similar incident happened with John Cena back in 2006. At ECW One Night Stand 2006, Fans remember John Cena tossing his shirt out to the crowd only for it repeatedly to get thrown back in.
“It’s been a long time since it was the opposite of the intended reaction. I’ve known what the reaction is for a long time, and I think it’s very polarizing. It’s not all one side. I think it’s a mix of the crowd, and it’s very similar to John in terms of how you hear a split, and there’s a ton of women and kids that are huge fans and some of the guys booing, but people are still really buying Cody. And in the right moments, they do cheer him. And we saw that when he saved PAC from Malakai and Andrade.”
Andrade ended up getting the pin on PAC to pick up the win for his team and the show concluded shortly after.
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