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Cody Rhodes believes the model of live event system is “antiquated”

Cody Rhodes spoke with The Dallas Morning News to promote the next two weeks of AEW Dynamite televisions events in Texas (Garland next week, and then Corpus Christi).

During the interview, Rhodes talked about how things are different between AEW and WWE with running shows. AEW usually only holds one show per week which is its weekly television show and occasional pay-per-view events. 

On the flip side, WWE runs a few live events each week along with their weekly television shows – Raw and SmackDown – as well as their monthly pay-per-view events. 

Rhodes wants fans to focus primarily on Dynamite and also brought up how wrestlers in AEW can benefit from a much-reduced schedule. 

“Some people are free to do independent [shows] on the weekends where they can keep getting their reps in. Some other people don’t need the reps – like my brother [Dustin Rhodes, formerly known as Goldust in WWE], he’s had 20 years of reps. He’s TV-ready always, as kind of proven by this last week in there with The Young Bucks and Santana and Ortiz. I think it’s the way it should be.

“I think the model of the live event system, and I’m not trying to knock anybody, is antiquated. The last few years [I was] with WWE, those houses for live events and not TVs were pretty – they were good, they were a couple thousand – but they weren’t the same as the big TV spectacle. It just seems like you’re putting less of an emphasis on your show when you spread yourself out like that. So, I think everything is about Dynamite. To follow AEW, you’ve got to watch Dynamite. Dynamite’s our only show. Four pay-per-views a year. And everything that exists outside of that is shoulder content, it’s stuff you can watch if you want to. And if not, tune into Dynamite and be caught right up.”


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