This past Wednesday night’s episode of Dynamite saw a Tag Team Match pitting “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes and Lee Johnson vs. “Pretty” Peter Avalon and former WWE Star Cezar Bononi. The match saw Cody Rhodes and Lee Johnson pick up the win, with this being Lee Johnson’s first-ever win in AEW.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that immediately after the Tag Team Match, the company started a brand-new feud between Lee Johnson and QT Marshall and that the feud was “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes’ idea. Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline.com also gave his thoughts on the brand-new feud that was started on Dynamite.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“This angle was really interesting because I don’t think people saw the angle afterwards, because it was so subtle. And I actually thought it was kind of brilliant the way it was done.”
This is what Bryan Alvarez said:
“So basically he gets the pin and he beats Peter Avalon obviously, and afterwards, they do the big promo celebrating his first win ever. And he gets on the mic and he says ‘I just wanna thank Cody and Dustin and Arn and even Brandi’ he says. No mention of QT Marshall. ‘And the Rhodes family says they’re my family, and I did this for them’.”
Dave Meltzer continued with:
“QT handled it perfectly. He didn’t over exaggerate, and you probably don’t notice it unless you’re looking for it, but when you watch back, if they show the story as it plays out, you will see that QT starts a little bit confused and by the end he’s a little bit upset.
Not a lot, but a little bit upset, because he’s the actual trainer and he’s not mentioned at all, but everyone else, even Arn and Brandi are mentioned, who aren’t even the trainers. So obviously we’re building to a Lee Johnson and QT Marshall feud in some form. Which actually makes sense because I know that it’s probably Cody’s feud, Cody’s idea, because I know that Cody has been studying Bruno and Zbyszko – trainer and student.
I happen to know this. So I guess that’s the framework, obviously they’re not gonna be able to do it on that level, but that’s the framework of the idea. If they can get those promos like Bruno and Zbyszko, those two guys are gonna end up as superstars, but I don’t know if that’s gonna happen.”