AEW Executive Vice President and two-time TNT Champion Cody Rhodes has openly spoken about the botched steel chair shot incident with Shawn Spears.
Spears turned heel by hitting Rhodes over the head with a chair at Fyter Fest 2019 after he’d gone to a time limit draw in a match with Darby Allin.
However, the chair shot didn’t go to plan and caused legitimate and gruesome injuries to Rhodes’ head. Speaking on the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast, Cody Rhodes said:
“I told him [Shawn Spears] to swing from the side, and the last words I told him were, ‘swing for the fences,’ and when I landed, I don’t know if you can make out in the camera shot, but when I landed, my head is so stiff from the shot that I land the awkward landing when you have two falls, I muttered, ‘swing for the fences.'”
Rhodes went on to add that he was hoping to be able to prove that chair shots to the head can be done safely with the Spears spot, but acknowledged that it was a failed attempt.
He admitted that they didn’t know how to gimmick the chair properly and the head of the props division was fired from the role as a result of the incident.
Quote via PWInsider