Posts Tagged ‘Cody Rhodes’

As seen at All InCody Rhodes defeated Nick Aldis to become the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. NWA Vice President and producer, Dave Lagana, recently appeared on X–Pac’s podcast, XPac 12360 to talk about the success of All In and where the NWA Heavyweight title will be defended next, among other things.

About the reaction Cody received after winning the NWA title and the build up to the match, Dave said, “We all knew what we wanted. And I think that was the goal of this whole project – and Nick talks about it, and Cody talks about it; we wanted to create the big fight feel — the UFC, boxing event — and every decision we made was to execute that. Even from the walks, and you know, the aftermath. Everybody who was there was a part of this story.

“Everybody that was involved in this project from soup to nuts, as far as our inclusion had a part in being there. And it’s the weird cliché of everybody involved in that match too, at one point or another, decided to say ‘screw the tradition, we’re going to bet on ourselves’. Everyone! From Billy and I, from leaving TNA, to Nick leaving TNA and basically being out of the business, to Cody leaving WWE, we all had something to prove. And everyone’s like, ‘Oh, what a moment when Cody won!’ The moment to us I think as a team felt the strongest was when the bell rung. For whatever it was, 45 seconds, the crowd simply honoured that moment of ‘here’s this dead brand’. Deadspin (wrote) ‘Billy Corgan buys oldest and deadest brand in pro wrestling’, you know, like, to have it be literally 11 months in to get that reaction for a title match — it just, it was so overwhelming. That to me was the greatest success point of the match. Cody winning – yes, the crowd was going to go crazy. But, for them to be that excited for the bell, that was amazing!”

Lagana also said that the NWA World title belt will “have a not to the past of NWA.”

“We’re going to bring back the National Championship with the belt,” Lagana stated. “The belt will have a nod to the past of the NWA and we are going to reveal it till the week of the show if not that night. Because there’s one thing I’ve learned from wrestling fans, they may or not have a lot of hot takes on things (laughs) so we’re gonna have the new championship that week, I look forward to everyone’s hot takes cause there will be them. The people who do know already have hot takes, everyone’s got an opinion on it which means I know it’s gonna work as far as what people want. I’ll say this, there’s nothing like it right now in pro wrestling.

Lagana then went into great detail about where the NWA Heavyweight title could be defended next.

“We did a 10 Pounds (of Gold) when Billy sold out the (Madison Square) Garden and we would love the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship to be available and defended on any stage imaginable. So if it’s Madison Square Garden, if it’s the Barclays Center, if it’s WrestleMania, if it’s the Tokyo Dome… we have put zero limits on how and where, and I think each time we can have that, we are proving our value to be on that stage. Because I remember when the announcement happened at All In, everyone was like, ‘Oh, Aldis versus Cody, I mean I guess the moment when Cody wins, I guess it will be something’ and we over delivered in that moment and I know we can over deliver on any stage. Because I think our success at what we’ve been able to do has proven that.

“We’re not a traditional wrestling company with 50 guys under contract, running all these live events were a promotion more like a Money Mayweather promotion or De La Hoya, you know what I mean? We promote fights and have successfully now promoted I would say two really big ones. Like the first was the Tim Storm fight with Nick (Aldis), we got the attention on two people that they didn’t expect they wanted to see and now with the Cody one we’re a promotional machine. And in reality entertainment is not defined. Go look at traditional entertainment right now and the shifts going on, a sitcom in 1998 had a lot more value than a sitcom in 2010, 2018. So it’s all about what the audience wants to watch and how they want to watch it. And the fact that there are a lot of wrestling companies producing a lot of content that people aren’t paying attention to and we’ve been able to succeed by producing less content, making the content more important.”

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Recently on The Jim Ross Report, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross caught up with the newly crowned NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion, Cody. Among many other pro wrestling topics, ‘The Grandson Of A Plumber’ talked about his role at All In and what he learned from his experience, planning a sequel to the wildly successful indie show, and the future of the NWA’s top prize.

According to Cody, he produced the second half of All In and was in charge of timing the show.

“I didn’t get a chance to sleep [after All In] and I went right to gorilla [position] after my match and I directed and timed the last half of the show.” Cody admitted, “I’m not the best timer judging by the main event time. I’m learning! But I didn’t get that moment to… I didn’t get many moments. It was just happening so fast.”

During the interview, Cody hinted at planning another All In and noted that he learned a lot about time management [except for timing pro wrestling matches].

“Well, maybe we already started planning [laughs].” Cody added, “I kept writing these lists. And my dad was a big list guy and I have become a big list guy too. I kept writing these lists of these are the things to do to make sure you’re in peak condition, and also make sure you’re in peak mental state, and make sure you paid this guy and talked to this guy. I also learned I wanted to do every single thing with this show. I wanted to do payroll; I wanted to know elements of production; I wanted to know how many chairs were in the union catering room.

“Just, next time, I don’t need to know all that stuff. I also learned you are only as good as the team around you and we’ve discovered some new teammates over the course of [All In] weekend.”

With respect to the future of the NWA title, Cody claimed that he would like to continue on the NWA’s tradition of having a traveling champion.

“Well, I want to continue the path of the traveling champion.” Cody continued, “that’s kind of what I grew up on, the type of [pro] wrestling I like. Even though it’s a generation prior to me, when I look back at what [Ric] Flair was able to do, what Jack Brisco was able to do, their date book alone, and not just, ‘oh, I did it,’ but I did it and it was the best thing of the night. Like, I did it with consistency, but it rubs some people the wrong way and that’s fine. I think most people enjoy it.

“I don’t really believe in the politics of wrestling anymore. I understand if this isn’t your company’s title, but if you’re asking me to come wrestle for your company, I’m wearing the damn title. There’s no [way around that], right? It takes an organization, it does, to facilitate and get that ring set up. And it takes a crew to tighten those ropes, but a big focus [at All In] was ‘this is a wrestling show by wrestlers.’ And yeah, there [are] some things we could have learned from a company standpoint, an organizational standpoint, but that’s how I go into everything I do. When I go to Long Beach [California for NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed] to wrestle Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, I’ll be wearing this too. I’m taking it everywhere I go and I’m excited to do that.”

Rather intriguingly, current WWE superstar and former indie darling Daniel Bryan has been moved to praise the upcoming All In event just hours before the show kicks off in Chicago this evening.

Bryan, a star of Ring Of Honor before his move to Stamford in 2009, took to Twitter to lavish Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks with compliments for what they’ve achieved over this weekend.

“What [Cody and The Bucks] have done to create a groundswell in the wrestling community is both incredible and inspiring,” Bryan stated. “Not only is it great for the fans but also for wrestlers and the industry as a whole.”

The comments are particularly interesting given Bryan’s employers are generally keen to emphasise to the wider world that they are not just the biggest wrestling brand, but the only wrestling brand. One of their most popular stars praising a rival independent venture – one promoted by an ex-superstar who left in bitter circumstances – is unlikely to please those in head office.

Bryan was originally rumoured to be involved in Saturday’s show, before WWE eventually cleared him to wrestle to avoid such an eventuality. As of yet, there is no word on whether the Seattle native has signed a new contract with the group. His current deal was due to expire today.

Cody Rhodes was interviewed by Busted Open Radio to discuss All In, scheduled for September 1. Understanding that Dusty Rhodes is known for being a creative genius, spearheading many NWA and WCW concepts as well as assisting with with popularity of NXT, Bully Ray asked Cody a thought-provoking question.

“If All In comes off the way you want it to, exactly the way you wanted to, between Starrcast and All In. On Monday morning will All In have surpassed any one show that Dusty created?”

Cody responded, “I don’t think I can speculate. Because, it’s mine, you know? It’s me, Matt [Jackson], Nick [Jackson], it’s the Being the Elite guys. It’s all of yours, you know? It’s by wrestlers, for wrestlers. It’s by fans, for fans. If you look at this convention and you look at the show, I care more about whether Dusty would have a good time at All In than whether I win this match, if that makes any sense.”

ECW was used as an example of something that Cody thought Dusty would have hated, by was surprised by his reaction.

“The first time he tuned in to ECW, this is a good example, I thought like, oh, he’s gonna hate it. Look at what’s happening, there’s all kinds of sex and violence. He was so entertained, and I remember sitting in front of him with my little Hasboro figures and watch the shows, every pay-per-view. So he had this forward-thinking knowledge that I think all of the great minds in pro wrestling have. So, I think if he saw this, he’d have a few touches for sure, but I think he’d be pretty stoked about it. I hope he would.”

In news that will irritate Vince McMahon more than a short wrestler sneezing all over his face, the G1 SuperCard co-promoted by Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling has sold out Madison Square Garden, with zero matches announced, in well under an hour of the tickets going on general sale.

This is a major deal. WWE hasn’t sold out its spiritual home in years.

One might point to the hub of wrestling activity that is ‘Mania Weekend as the primary driver of sales – that is, after all, why the specific date of April 6, 2019 was chosen – but it’s hard to envisage that this is something some 18,000 fans have decided to just “do” “while they are there”. This is genuine, uplifting history, and the ardent wrestling fans want to be a part of it. This won’t damage WWE one iota, beyond a bruise to the ego – the TakeOver event on the same night will doubtlessly sell out also – but this should, in theory, force WWE to up their own game. Or just throw Fox money at talent with no motivation to promote them with conviction. One or the other.

Cody tweeted the following in response to the news – the show itself was an encouraged response to the smash success of his ALL IN venture – “I am the game now”.

And, since G1 SuperCard is guaranteed to sell more tickets than TakeOver at the Barclays Center, he may have a point.

Tenille Dashwood recently spoke with Scott Fishman for TV Insider; you can read a few highlights below:

Tenille Dashwood comments on her current run with Ring Of Honor: 

“I feel revived and alive again with wrestling. I started this because I love wrestling. Back when I was younger in Australia, I wanted to be a wrestler and loved what I did with WWE.

“It’s completely different now. It’s not five minutes on TV where I’m asked to do such and such. It’s having competitive singles matches every night. There are different opponents every night. I’m meeting new people and improving my own skills every time by working with different people in the ring. It got me going again.”

Tenille reveals advice Cody Rhodes has given her: 

“We talked about how to go about things and make sure I enjoy it and taking advantage of the opportunities I have now. Just to do the things I haven’t been able to do in years.

With WWE you don’t always get to do things the way you like to do them, so now he said to remember that I’m in control and can do things my way. To be doing things for a reason and to wrestle around the world. And not to do it for job, but to do it because you love and enjoy it and travel and meet people and wrestle. It was to remember all that.”

Dashwood comments on The IIconics’ Smackdown debut: 

“I kind of knew it was coming, but I told them not to tell me if it’s happening because I wanted to be in the moment. I called Peyton out. I called her a liar. I said, ‘You’re not at home right now.’ She was like, ‘Oops you got me.’ I said, ‘No, don’t tell me!’ I have been friends with those girls for years.

“I just talked to the girls yesterday. They are on the European tour right now. We always catch up. We stay in contact. They come over my house, and we go into the hot tub. We’re good friends. I’m so excited for them. Seeing them really warms my heart doing what they love. I know what it feels like to have those big moments and that feeling. So, I’m happy for them.”

Speculation is mounting that CM Punk is preparing to make his long-awaited wrestling return at September’s historic All In show.

The former WWE star, currently competing in UFC, will be in Illinois for a meet-and-greet the same week that Cody Rhodes and co. head to Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago.

While his attendance has not been formally announced by the event’s organisers, Rhodes strongly hinted that he would be involved in some capacity during a press conference yesterday. “I can confirm he will be here the day before, as part of All In weekend,” he said. “He’s in town, but we literally can say nothing.”

Punk has been in self-imposed wrestling exile for the last four years, having departed WWE in 2014 amid differences with management. The fall-out – taking the form of an ongoing lawsuit with in-house doctor Chris Amann – is still ongoing. The 39-year-old claimed in subsequent interviews that he was now “retired” from the business.

With or without the ex-ROH World Champion, All In already looks set to be a roaring success. Originally conceived as a wager with the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer – who dismissed the idea of an independent show drawing 10,000 spectators – tickets sold out in just 30 minutes after going on sale Sunday afternoon. Get your wallet on the table, Big Dave.