Cody Rhodes has often spoken of All Elite Wrestling’s intent to disrupt the way that professional wrestling has worked for far too long:
“This is the disruption era.” -Cody
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One practice he is looking to disrupt is the way professional wrestling promotions handle the health of their talent.
In a new interview with Bleacher Report, Cody clarified what he meant in a previous statement where he said that a union would ruin professional wrestling and also spoke about how Superstars that get injured in an AEW ring will be taken care of:
“When I said a union would kill wrestling, I was specifically talking about your mom-and-pop indies that can’t afford an ambulance to come to the building. There’s a lot of people who saw the story John Oliver did and immediately called for a union or better care for their wrestlers. Better care is paramount, and one of the first ways you do that is raise the pay floor, which we’ve done.
“At AEW, our contracts aren’t blanket contracts. There are several wrestlers outside the EVP element that are going to receive benefits and health care. That’s a first for wrestling, and these are slow and steady steps and I’m super proud. But it can’t happen overnight. That’s what I should have said all along.
“We’re not gonna have a PayPal fund going around for somebody who gets hurt. You know me. You’ve seen my smile. I am above board.”