Earlier this month, AEW President Tony Khan appeared on The Dan Le Batard Show where he claimed that his company is currently at war with WWE, highlighting the hatred between both sides due to the fierce nature of the competition.
Former AEW EVP and current WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes has now provided his own take on the matter during a recent interview with Cheap Heat, with the American Nightmare reiterating that he doesn’t see WWE and AEW as being at war, citing the bonds between members of both locker rooms as evidence.
“I definitely hit some speed bumps and tripped quite a bit in my final year away, but coming back without all of that I wouldn’t have been I feel like as complete as I am now, but it’s absolutely nice to have those options…Again, there’s no war. No war, and especially amongst locker rooms. If you’re putting your boots on, girls and boys, we’re bonded. We’re brothers and we’re sisters. There’s no war”-Cody Rhodes
Continuing, Rhodes gave a brief overview of how he sees both AEW and WWE, noting that AEW was more of an educational process, whereas he sees WWE as the pinnacle of the industry.
“I almost look at it like different forms of education whereas WWE is the biggest, the best. I hope you don’t have to argue that with many people. It’s absolutely good for the industry to have these options because sometimes critics of what we do think, ‘Oh this is who this person is. Oh he’s Stardust, he’s always Stardust. Oh he’s ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes, he’s always this’. Gosh, no. Really, you don’t finish where you start. It’s all about learning.”-Cody Rhodes
Following his Royal Rumble win in January, Rhodes is now set to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles, California this April.
Reigns defeated the former ‘Honorary Uce’ Sami Zayn this past Saturday at the Elimination Chamber event, confirming that it will be him carrying the company’s top titles into WWE’s biggest show of the year, with the former AEW star looking to make history.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.