Cody Rhodes recently spoke with Marc Raimondi of ESPN and discussed various topics. In the interview, Rhodes offers a few opponents he’d like to defend his TNT Championship against.
“‘Off the top of my head, someone from outside our world, there’s maybe two guys that I hear a lot about. One is my good friend Ethan Page [of Impact Wrestling]. I’ve kind of watched his glow-up continue. … He maybe doesn’t have the God-given talent, but just absolutely will outwork you and will continue to grow up, glow up and mature, which is the key if you’re going to make wrestling your life’s work.'”
“‘Another guy is [current NWA champion] Nick Aldis. That guy and I, we couldn’t be any farther from friends, but there’s this natural bit of respect between us because we did do the two NWA matches and they did have a really warm following. The match at All In, that was one of my favorite moments of my life as a wrestler. And we never finished this. We were 1-1. Now that you ask me this, you’ve opened up a can of worms. I also have split wins with Kenny Omega. That’s somebody, too, I could see that stepping up for the open challenge.'”
Rhodes also shared that he’s surprised his protégé-turned-rival MJF hasn’t answered the challenge yet.
“‘I’m surprised MJF hasn’t knocked on the open challenge door. I’m surprised we haven’t revisited that. That’s one that I’m legit chomping on the bit, as a performer and competitor, to do again.'”
Cody defended his title against Warhorse on this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite; he has already made successful title defenses against Jungle Boy, Marq Quen, Jake Hager, Ricky Starks, Sonny Kiss and Eddie Kingston.