ESPN has an interview with Cody Rhodes where he spoke about a wide range of topics.
During the interview, the AEW TNT Champion spoke about some wrestlers who are currently on the free agency market and whether All Elite Wrestling would have an interest in signing them.
Two of the more interesting names listed are Rey Mysterio and Tessa Blanchard.
While the former WWE Champion is still working for WWE, he has yet to sign a new deal with WWE and could technically appear on AEW programming without any legal backlash from the company over it. While the two sides have been working on a new deal, they haven’t come to terms on it yet.
Rhodes put over Mysterio for his greatness in wrestling but acknowledged Mysterio being in talks with WWE.
“To me, the greatest luchador ever, of all time — hands down — is Rey Mysterio Jr. And he’s got friends here. Jericho and him are friends. Mysterio is not afraid to travel out there, either. He’s not a one-company individual. And I think Rey still has a lot left to give in terms of wrestling. That might be something that someone else is currently discussing with him at this point. You never know.”
Regarding Blanchard, a former Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, she hit the free agency market when she departed from Impact. There have been rumblings about her heading to WWE.
“I don’t know a lot about the current situation with her and Impact. Tully, her father, is in AEW. That’s more Kenny Omega, [my wife and AEW chief brand officer] Brandi [Rhodes] and Tony carving out the growing and evolving women’s division.
They’d have more of a beat on that. She was part of All In for us. And anyone who was part of All In has a place in my heart. On a personal level, I always want all the second- and third-generation wrestlers to have the best experience. She has a lot, a lot of talent. I’m sure it’s something Kenny, Brandi and Tony have discussed.”
Rhodes also talked about Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, the AEW TNT Title, and more. Check out the full interview here.