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Cody On Wanting To Deliver AEW’s Base, AEW’s Critics & More

All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes was a guest on a recent episode of Busted Open Radio where he touched on several topics including wanting to focus on AEW’s current fanbase and building from that fanbase. Cody also talked about AEW’s critics. Below are the highlights:

On his dislike of the term ‘casual fan’: “Well I mean, one thing that — you guys use the term so much as you talk about wrestling, but you guys have heard the term ‘casual fan’, right? ‘Oh, how are they gonna get the casual fan?’ And the term ‘casual fan,’ I just want to — honestly, I think I throw up a little in my mouth every time I hear it. Because it’s this vernacular to describe wrestling that is based on the Monday Night Wars. When the Monday Night Wars are over, they’re not a thing, as far as they’re not happening here and now in the present. What’s happening right here and now in the present is, we can’t determine what it is. It’s something that only history will be able to tell us.”

On wanting to deliver AEW’s base: “So my focus is always the base that built AEW. And that base, if you’ve seen it, you get it. And if you haven’t seen it, it’s just something that you have to see and feel. And Bully knows what I’m talking about, because there’s a lot of confidence, that sometimes can get misplaced for arrogance on my half or The Elite’s behalf. But I’ve seen the power [of AEW’s fanbase]. I’ve seen it. And that’s why I want to focus on them first and foremost.”

On AEW’s critics: “You know, there’s people who are plenty critical of what AEW does. And instead of signal boosting that, I’d rather [deliver for] 100 of the fans that we have in that base than that one sulky son of a bitch that’s not coming on-board anyways, if that makes any sense. You guys know that first way to fail is to try and please everybody. But I gotta take care of the people who brought us to the dance in the first place, and I think that will be appealing on a global level. I genuinely do.”

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