Cody Rhodes was a guest on the Talk is Jericho Podcast where he discussed his first TNT Championship match with Brodie Lee. In the match, Brodie Lee dominated Cody Rhodes for the entirety of the few short minutes it lasted.
Cody said the match was a callback to a famous match from the past featuring Vader and Antonio Inoki. Here are Cody’s comments:
“Well, I wanted to do Vader – Inoki. I wanted to do it for a while, but no one fit the profile. I thought, no one’s done that. It would be really shocking. It would be the right call because in wrestling, anything can happen on any given night, and we have to consistently remind them of that.
“And also, he’s near seven feet. He’s a legit super-heavyweight whose mobile. It would make all the sense in the world if he was to catch me. I think the first thing he caught me with was a dropkick. It would make all the sense in the world that could be the thing, that could be the piece that puts me out. It’s the liver shot [and] the shot on the jaw.”
Apparently, Lee couldn’t believe Cody Rhodes would be so giving during the match. Cody continued:
“He didn’t believe me when I told him,” Rhodes revealed. “I told him, ‘This is the easiest match you’ll ever have.’ He didn’t believe me. I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do anything.’ A flurry of punches at the beginning and that’s it. I said, ‘I don’t want to do anything,’ and he was all worried about, ‘Well, I want to hook your leg.’ Don’t even look my leg.
“Absolutely disrespect me. Absolutely own me, eat me alive. And then Arn added, as Arn does, he’s a great finish man, the cherry on top, the moment with Anna at the very end with Anna and Brandi choking her out. I just thought it was a great way to end the show, and honestly, it’s a weird thing to say, but only in the inside baseball. In other interviews, I wouldn’t give this answer, but in this in this space, I would absolutely say it’s my favorite match at AEW.”
Cody also talks about several other things on the podcast, including Brodie Lee entrance where he was supposed to come out from the ramp like a monster from The Munsters.
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the quotes.