While Cody Rhodes did spend two years working for New Japan Pro Wrestling, it seems as if he has some unfinished business with the promotion.
In a recent interview with the New York Post, Cody Rhodes named the opponents he would still love to face. In addition to people he has wrestled before, he named Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tomohiro Ishii as dream opponents. Here is the quote:
“I’m all AEW, but I’m not blind to the potential of these crossovers. I do think when travel restrictions lift, perhaps there are crossover matches, the dream matches that are available for us. I know in my heart that there is somebody I’d love to wrestle from New Japan. I didn’t get the opportunity and time is running out on that opportunity.
I’m a big fan of The Ace (Hiroshi Tanahashi). I like to challenge myself and they have a great roster in terms of (Kazuchika) Okada, Jay White and of course (Kota) Ibushi, who I got to wrestle so many times, and many people. (Tomohiro) Ishii, my gosh. There’s some good potential there for crossover elements and good friendly relations, but I also want to never forget that we have a loaded locker room of men and women who are champing at the bit to get in this two-hour time slot and I always look at AEW first. Just respectably to any other company, I’m probably the most guarded up when it comes to crossovers.”
With AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling now working together, it seems when the pandemic ends these matches could once again be a possibility.