Cody Rhodes says AEW’s Goal is Not to Compete with WWE

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Following Warner Media’s Upfront presentation on Wednesday where they announced that All Elite Wrestling (AEW) would air on TNT this fall, Cody Rhodes spoke with Variety and said that AEW’s goal is not to compete with WWE but to just focus on themselves. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On not competing with WWE directly: “Competition raises everybody’s game. It will raise the wrestlers’ game, the creative people’s game, everybody. Everybody feels a sense of urgency when someone is competing with them. Competitive means being profitable. It doesn’t mean, ‘We have to have this to beat the WWE.’ Our job is not to worry about what WWE is doing, not their TV clearances, not whose in the main event, nothing. With a growing company there are a lot of growing pains. It’s a mix of creative and athletics and a lot of different things. Our focus has to be us, period.”

On AEW as an alternative: “The term people are using is ‘alternative.’ For many years throughout my youth and plenty of other fans’ youths, pro wrestling has been essentially just one company and that’s not really the case. I want to be the sports-centric alternative in the pro wrestling world and I think we’re on a good path to get there.”

On analytics in AEW: “One thing we really strongly want to present is wins and losses mattering again in pro wrestling. That takes more than the W and the L column. We’re talking about percentage of times someone loses to this particular maneuver, percentages against somebody of this height, a whole by-the-numbers approach that really intrigues me. It’s not a cornerstone of AEW necessarily but it’s a great peripheral element we’re working on and that’s going to be exclusive to us.”


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