AEW Women’s Star Leva Bates was recently a guest on AEW’s Unrestricted podcast with Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone to talk about a number of topics, including All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes being instrumental in her joining AEW and more.
Below are the highlights:
On All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes being instrumental in her joining AEW:
“Cody actually hit me up. He’s like, ‘we’re looking for some celebrity people to do videos, and we think it would be a lot of fun if you just kind of do a little video. If you wouldn’t mind, it would be a big help for us.’ And I’m like, ‘oh my God.’
Honestly, to be 100% honest, I was like, ‘this is wonderful publicity for me’, because around that time, I felt like my indie bookings were starting to go down a little bit. And I was like, ‘oh, this would help me out a lot.’ It’s like, they’re not really looking at me, but this is great. I’ll get PR, I’ll help them, they’ll help me. Heck yeah, I’ll do the video.”
On finding out about her AEW signing in the middle of a Twitch Q&A stream:
“I’m in the middle of my Q&A and I get a buzz on my phone. I look down. It was Christopher Daniels and Cody, and Cody was like, ‘our plan worked.’ What plan? There was a plan? I’m like, ‘Cody, what plan?’ He’s like, ‘you’re in.
You’re The Librarian.’ I’m like, ‘what?’ And I’m like, ‘hi guys, I’m sorry. I got a very important message I got to take care. Watch some music videos real quick and I’ll be right back.’ And I put the Twitch stream on pause where it just kept playing music videos.”
“And I’m like, ‘what are you talking about? What plan? Librarian? I thought you guys already had one.’ My mind went (makes exploding noises). So apparently that was his plan all along, or I just wasn’t aware that he was, I guess, trying to find an in for me.”
You can check out Leva Bates’ comments in the video below: