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EditorialWho Will Face Cody Rhodes at Backlash? (Monday Morning Q&A)

Who Will Face Cody Rhodes at Backlash? (Monday Morning Q&A)



Welcome back to another Monday Morning Q&A where I toss out some questions to get a feel of how you guys and gals are feeling about certain topics.

So here are 5 questions I’d like to toss out for this week. I’ll give my answers, too, but the key here is that I want to know what YOU think! So make sure you chime in!

1) What are your thoughts on AEW airing the All In footage? Pros? Cons? Is this some WCW 2000 nonsense, or much ado about nothing? Does it change your opinions about CM Punk, Jack Perry, The Young Bucks, Tony Khan, or anyone else?

I think it was a mistake. There aren’t any benefits that I can imagine coming out of this. CM Punk already sounded like he has his flaws in this prior, and I don’t think many people were on the fence about that and then converted to be against him out of the blue from this. Most people, I’d imagine, looked at the situation the way I do: he was crossing the line and deserved to be fired, and this footage doesn’t deny that in any way, but reinforce it.

But at the same time, I think once you have that opinion, where else do you go? What else was to be gained? Instead, they lost from this, because it makes Tony Khan look like he’s too emotionally invested in fighting back for the sake of it, and is willing to make his company look bad by proxy of fighting a battle that doesn’t need to be fought.

Now, people are making fun of the “fearing for his life” aspect even more than before. Some people are acting like Jack Perry deserved it, so that’s a net loss on that front. It doesn’t make Perry look that much better, but even if it does, it calls into question why he was suspended for so long if TK views Perry as not being the problem. And it’s just another example of AEW feeling like they need to punch up to WWE’s level and defend themselves when WWE doesn’t focus as much on them.

It positions AEW as the underdog, but not in a romantic, positive light that gets people on their side. Instead, it comes off whiny, and I’d imagine a lot of people might be looking at this as one of the biggest mistakes and setbacks for AEW’s progress.

Nothing good will come out of this, and both WWE and CM Punk aren’t going to lose sleep over it. This was an equivalent of taking a swing, missing the other person’s face, and punching the wall and getting hurt, rather than just not throwing the punch in the first place and “looking weak” to some people.

2) What do you think The Rock handed Cody Rhodes?

All he revealed was that it could be thought of as “a war time overture” without specifying what. It’s something small that he could instantly know just from the feel of it. Those are our hints.

A lot of theories out there sound interesting until you think about them with more scrutiny.

Why would Rock hand Cody a lighter and indicate that he set the tour bus on fire when that wasn’t pushed as a part of the storyline?

How would he feel a watch in his hands and know exactly what it was when we’ve already been told at press conferences and interviews about the watches Cody bought for Rock, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins (which we’re not supposed to know about) and about the one Dusty Rhodes had pawned (which Rock wouldn’t have in his possession to give Cody anyway).

I like the theory of the bead from the necklace. That’s neat. So far, that’s my top pick from the suggestions I’ve seen people toss out. But I think realistically, they might not even know what it’ll be, and they’re just putting that out there for a possible reference in the future. It could be super important Chekov’s gun level writing, or it could be a meaningless McGuffin that we never get revealed.

3) What other matches, if any, do you think will be added to the AEW Dynasty card?

There are already 8 matches on the show. Normally, that’s the bulk of it, with only a few more being placed on the Zero Hour. Adding at least one is a guarantee, if not somewhere in the 4 match range.

Most of the titles are accounted for, but the trios belts aren’t. My guess is we’ll see The Acclaimed against Bullet Club Gold in a unification match as The Bang Bang Scissor Gang had imploded and set this all up over the past few weeks.

I could definitely see a match spawning out of the Orange Cassidy and Trent situation. Maybe something involving Blackpool Combat Club and The Don Callis Family to just spin off Collision and put more of those guys on the lineup, particularly to showcase Jon Moxley as the new IWGP champion.

But for the most part, outside of the trios title, I think the rest of the card will be made up of almost random filler. That’s the modus operandi of a lot of these events.

4) AJ Styles or LA Knight. Who do you think will face Cody Rhodes at Backlash?

Definitely AJ Styles. Rhodes needs a heel to work against. You don’t book him up against one of the other top babyfaces. It’s as simple as that.

Plus, it’s not like we haven’t wanted to see Rhodes against Styles, so WWE is getting a high-profile match for an international show that will keep people excited and not cast too much attention onto how Cody’s definitely not dropping that belt.

5) What do you think will go down between Sami Zayn and Chad Gable for the Intercontinental Championship?

A lot of people think Gable’s winning the belt. I feel like there’s no chance that happens. If that were in the plans, he might as well have won at WrestleMania, right?

Instead, I think we’re going to see either a heel turn from Gable, or, more likely, this will be the return of Sheamus that has been advertised.

Why is he suddenly on Raw? Well, I think he’s turning heel, freshening up his character a bit, and he’ll be the first feud for Sami heading into Backlash, as he’s been saying for years that he wants to win the Intercontinental Championship and scratch that off his bucket list.

Let us know your thoughts about these questions by answering them in the comments!

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