Cody Rhodes has opened up on his opinions of the iconic throne-smashing incident at AEW Double Or Nothing, in a clear shot at Triple H.
The name of ‘The American Nightmare’ has been on everyone’s lips this week since it was announced by All Elite Wrestling General Manager Tony Khan that both Brandi and Cody Rhodes would be leaving the company. During his time, Rhodes was a three-time TNT Champion and held the position of Executive Vice President.
In a conversation with Kenny McIntosh from Inside The Ropes last year, Cody Rhodes discussed a number of the most memorable moments which had taken place in the company to that point, and singled out his message to ‘The Game’ at Double Or Nothing 2019 as one of them.
I think I wanted to make a statement on what we were doing, and I think what we did was clearly the biggest statement we could make. Afterwards, you know, I get really long-winded. Sometimes I say the wrong thing and, in this executive role, I’ve put my foot in my mouth so many times, whereas when I was a talent I could get away with it.
Talents can lie. Talents can exaggerate. When you’re any type of management, you’re held accountable, which is a lesson for me to learn.
Cody Rhodes went on to talk about how the action was an early shot in the impending and short-lived Wednesday Night Wars.
But, yeah, I wanted to be clear what we were doing. You mentioned the barbs back and forth—that’s part of what we do. Trash talk is part of what we do, but also when they counter-programmed us for no reason other than to split our audience, I didn’t want to meet that in a cowardly fashion.
I wanted to flat out say, “OK, well, great. Our show is still going to be better and as crazy as this is, we’re going to win. So if you want to have this moment in time on Wednesday nights where we put all eyes on wrestling, we’re going to win.
I don’t want to go into any battle with the idea that we’re going to lose. I’m face-forward in the company on so many things, so I wanted to go in and let them know I am willing to fight. I am willing to openly smash this iconic symbol, and what it stood for and stands for to some fans. Yeah, there’s so much to that moment.
‘The American Nightmare’ Cody Rhodes also made it clear he knew how the statement was received by the AEW faithful, and will never forget it.
That may be my favourite moment. The match was one thing, but that was something that . . . I hear this a lot in wrestling school and it blows my mind. People will be like, “Well, the match . . .” They talk about matches with the sound off. ‘Like, well, it’s different with the sound off.’ That’s ridiculous. Wrestling never has the sound off.
So I never, ever will regret that moment because when I turned to head back up the ramp, everybody in the building knew what we were about to do and everybody wanted us to do it, and we did it, and we wanted to make a statement. So that was a statement.
It seems as though Cody Rhodes won’t be out of work for long, with plenty no doubt after his signature and talk that his team has already been negotiating with WWE officials.