During his stage show at Starrcast IV, Cody Rhodes discussed AEW signing boxer Anthony Ogogo to the promotion as their first developmental signee:
“He’s our first developmental signing. We don’t have a developmental center but we have Dustin Rhodes, we have Dean Malenko, we have all these great coaches at our disposal who can train somebody on the road from the ground up and he’s an Olympic boxer. We want people from all walks of life. It’s great to just go to the independents and just cherry-pick. That’s what Bill Watts did and Dusty did and all the great promoters have done. They would go out and pick these great athletes. You can’t force them to fall in love with wrestling, but in the case of Anthony Ogogo, he already fell in love with pro wrestling. So I wanted to announce him and selfishly, I wanted to make up for something that I had said at Starrcast where I said how great our UK deal was for AEW.”
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