(Ambush Sports) — All Elite Wrestling (AEW) co-vice president Cody Rhodes spoke to members of the media for about 40 minutes Tuesday, answering a wide range of questions from their recent acquisition of Jeff Cobb, free agency and Canadian dates for AEW Dynamite among many more.
Nick Hausman from Wrestling Inc. inquired about Bash At The Beach and any other trademarks that were related to World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Hausman asked if he had been confronted by the legal team of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) about the use of those trademarks. Also asked is if there would be any more themed events like there was in WCW.
Rhodes responded that something things have been reported on accurately (and sometimes inaccurately), but he did confirm that he does have ownership of some trademarks but hinted that it is highly unlikely that the audience will see any more, except one (wink, wink, wink).
Darren Paltrowitz from SportsSkeeda submitted a question online in a two-part format: 1) who Cody considered as the most underrated wrestler on the AEW roster and 2) how was his interactions with the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage as someone who grew up in the wrestling industry.
Rhodes stated he had great interactions with Savage. To go back to the first part of the question, he feels the most underrated wrestler is that of Jack Evans, who is part of The Hybrid 2 or TH2 with Angelico.
Other key talking points included:
- Jeff Cobb’s recent acquisition to AEW, which is still considered in a “gestation stage”. Cobb, who also works for Ring of Honor Wrestling, has signed up for additional dates, but Rhodes is keeping things vague for now. No contract details were formally discussed.
- AEW appearances, as well as meet-and-greets, will be packing the schedule when the Double or Nothing PPV returns to Sin City on May 23, with AEW Dynamite going live four days later, both from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
- Rhodes remarked on wrestlers who are currently free agents, citing his doors are always open. With wrestlers like Brodie Lee and The Ascension (Viktor & Konnor) in free agency, Matt Hardy (WWE, contract ends March 1) and The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder; WWE, contracts end in April), this could open doors for those who have left other promotions for greener pastures.
- Rhodes noted that he and commentator Taz are planning a trip to the NCAA wrestling finals and the NFL Combine to scout for talent.
- Rhodes has taken an ownership role of the Nightmare Factory in Norcross, Ga. It is not affiliated with AEW, but is open to all talent. He hinted there could be something down the road.
- Rhodes discussed the AEW women’s division, how it is growing and their ongoing patience while working on making the division stronger.
- Rhodes hinted that they have not spoken to Ring of Honor about the rights to the original All In event which birthed the early days of AEW, but noted that they do have a good working relationship with the promotion owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The “ALL IN” name is owned by The Young Bucks and the wife of Matt Jackson (real name: Matthew Massie), Dana Massie, and Rhodes has hope that an agreement can be made down the road.
- Rhodes commented on the recent comments of Val Venis regarding Nyla Rose winning the AEW Women’s Championship.
You can listen to the entire call here: