Cody Rhodes was one of the founding members of All Elite Wrestling. Brought in as an in-ring performer and Executive Vice President at the company’s inception in 2019, he’s been a mainstay. Despite recent fan fatigue against him, Rhodes says he’s not going anywhere.
Cody talked to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated recently. He was asked about his future in AEW. The American Nightmare was forthcoming and direct with his answer.
“As of now, my future is with AEW. AEW would be very strange without the core members of the revolution. We all still talk. We all have this admiration for each other. I can’t see myself anywhere else, and I’m very optimistic about what the future holds.”
The Young Bucks, who came on at the same time as Cody, recently signed a five-year deal to stay with the promotion. It is unknown if Rhodes has re-signed yet. TNT did recently renew his reality show, “Rhodes to the Top” for a second season.
Cody was also asked about his immediate goals. He says he is mostly concerned with ratings. He also wants the #1 spot in the PWI 500.
“I have a lot of data-based goals. I ask Chris Harrington, our SVP, a really good number for a demo average. I always say I want to make AEW destination programming, and that’s numbers-based to me. And I’ve never shared this before, but I really thought that the PWI No. 1 spot had been mine once before, and I was shocked, genuinely, that I didn’t pick it up.
That may sound silly, but I care about that, and I’m willing to say I care—the people that say they don’t, they typically care a lot about it, too. The AEW world championship is out of the question for me, but there are other goals that, for now, I’ll keep close to the chest.”
Cody Rhodes will take on Andrade El Idolo on tonight’s AEW Dynamite in an Atlanta Street Fight. The two have been feuding recently on AEW television. The show airs at 8PM eastern on TNT. You can check out a preview of tonight’s Dynamite below.
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Thanks to Fightful for the transcription!