Cody Rhodes appears to be open when it comes to talent that All Elite Wrestling is looking for. That’s an important step as the promotion plans to hold upcoming shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jacksonville, Florida. Once the promotion was launch, there’s been a lot of speculation as to who could sign with AEW.
Rhodes, who will serve as a an in-ring performer and the Executive Vice President for All Elite Wrestling, was recently interviewed by TMZ Sports at an airport about the type of talent that they are looking for as well as the possibility of signing UFC stars as they make their transition from MMA to the pro wrestling world.
This is where Rhodes brought up how they plan to develop their roster in order to avoid retreading over the past eras.
"I think we're just trying to be an alternative and lean into the people who supported us last year and do it all again," Rhodes said. "I think we're looking for wrestlers, and I don't knock anything in the mainstream. But that's what we want in All In, is fresh, fresh product. It's a mistake if you just try to lead with familiar faces from the days of old because we can't just keep reminding people that the attitude era was great. We already know it was really great. This era can be really good, too. So, that's my goal and that's my job, is to find the fresh guys."
"That might be a fun challenge," Rhodes admitted. "I think something like that, if they have a passion for wrestling, it really works out. But that's one of my big knocks: you can't teach passion, so, as long as somebody's passionate about it and knows it's kinda a hard gig, which those guys already bust their ass, I can imagine that could be a cool little crossover."
You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the player below:
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcript