Cody Rhodes Addresses Working Relationship With New Japan & NWA; Doesn’t See AEW Doing Joint-Promoted Events

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Cody Rhodes doesn’t foresee another big co-promoted show featuring All Elite Wrestling, but he thinks the working relationships people keep asking about are already there.

Rhodes recently spoke with Alex Biese of the Asbury Park Press ahead of All Elite Wrestling’s anniversary show and talked about AEW potentially having a more formal relationship with another promotion. New Japan Pro-Wrestling is one name that continues to be mentioned as a good fit for AEW, and Cody says he doesn’t see AEW doing full-blown shows with other promotions but the working relationships speculated on are already in existence.

“I think you’ll never see a full-scale, like, joint-promoted show (between AEW and another promotion). We have too much pride in our individual brand. But in terms of the relationships, we’re never closing the doors and we’re never going to pull up the bridges. I laughed when I heard people talking about a working relationship with New Japan because clearly it already exists — Jon Moxley has been on New Japan, Chris Jericho has been on New Japan. It already exists, the working relationship,” Rhodes said. “The NWA (owner) Billy (Corgan) and Tony Khan are in contact, Thunder Rosa’s the prime example of that. … I loved seeing Tanahashi on TV last week. He’s somebody I really wanted to get in the ring with one time as far as singles and never got the opportunity — and who knows? That might be something that can happen in the future. But our doors are open, our bridges are down.”

Rhodes defends his TNT Championship against Orange Cassidy on AEW Dynamite this Wednesday.

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