Cody Rhodes recently spoke with talkSPORT, where the superstar discussed CM Punk and the possibility of him being in All Elite Wrestling, as well as the recent signings of the company. Check out some of the highlights below:
On CM Punk:
As far as the CM Punk negotiations go, everyone heard the famous ‘he got a text from us’. Yeah, of course there were negotiations and he did ask for a great amount of money and Punk is worth a great deal of money.
But you also have to – and this isn’t speaking to Punk specifically, this is speaking to recruitment and what we’ve learned in wrestling in general – a lot of people think ‘these wrestlers are running this wrestling company’.
These wrestlers are doing everything they can to run the creative, the brand and the marketing and things, but there are some very smart and fiscally conservative people who surround us and flank us because this isn’t my money. At all.
On the recent AEW signings:
I think when you look at picking someone up for AEW, you really want to look at what they have left; not what they’ve done so much, more what they have left in the tank and where the passion level is at. AEW is an artist’s space and admittedly, there is some wild west to it. There are some areas where structure is not found, but what’s rewarded instead is an artist being an artist.
You are painting the picture how you would paint the picture. You’re playing your music how you would play your music. And those individuals you mentioned; it’s just the tip of the iceberg on what Mr. Brodie Lee is able to do
FTR had this outstanding match at TakeOver with DIY what feels like 100 years ago and, after that, I feel like they never genuinely got the chance to show out again and we all lived off of that match. Like, ‘gosh, they could be so good’, and within two weeks, they’ve had some pressure on them and they’ve delivered immensely. They’re the best tag team in the world right now.
Then you have Ricky Starks and Brian Cage. Starks is someone who had picked up a little bit of steam with just what he had done in the indies and NWA, but also what really impressed me was his brand building skills outside of a brand.