AEW’s working relationships with other promotions have been a hot topic among fans.
Cody Rhodes spoke about this while doing an interview with App.com. According to the AEW Executive, he doesn’t ever see a co-promoted show between AEW and another company.
“I think you’ll never see a full-scale, like, joint-promoted show [between AEW and another promotion],” Cody said. “We have too much pride in our individual brand. But in terms of the relationships, we’re never closing the doors and we’re never going to pull up the bridges.”
AEW having a working relationship with NJPW has been talked about among fans, but there have been small movements towards that happening. Rhodes thinks it’s quite the opposite as he pointed out how AEW stars have worked NJPW shows while Tony Khan managed to come to a deal with NWA owner Billy Corgan to have the NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa to work their shows.
“I laughed when I heard people talking about a working relationship with New Japan because clearly it already exists,” Cody said. “Jon Moxley has been on New Japan, Chris Jericho has been on New Japan. It already exists, the working relationship. The NWA [owner] Billy [Corgan] and Tony Khan are in contact, Thunder Rosa’s the prime example of that. … I loved seeing Tanahashi on TV last week. He’s somebody I really wanted to get in the ring with one time as far as singles and never got the opportunity — and who knows? That might be something that can happen in the future. But our doors are open, our bridges are down.”
Rhodes also talked about his goals for AEW in 2021, the first year of the promotion, and more. Check out the full interview here.