Cody Rhodes has revealed the endgame for “heel” AEW run.
At AEW Dynamite: Winter Is Coming 2020, Sting made his All Elite Wrestling debut by coming out and standing face-to-face with the likes of Darby Allin, Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes.
The following week, the WWE Hall of Famer was involved in a talking segment with Rhodes. However, this led mostly nowhere with the Stinger and “The American Nightmare” never squaring off.
In a new interview with ComicBook.com, Cody Rhodes revealed the plan was for him to eventually face Sting as part of his “heel” run during his final months in the promotion. He said:
“I was going to wrestle Sting. I don’t think I’ve ever shared that with anybody and nothing was on paper or anything like that. But I can say I got a tremendous offer from AEW creatively, financially, the full package.”
“You won’t hear me say anything bad about AEW or Tony (Khan) or my time there. It was a tremendous offer, but the offer wasn’t right for me. What I wanted to get back to was the first goal that I ever had (winning the WWE Championship).”
“But yeah, that probably would’ve been the endgame. That’s what had been discussed, was to get one (match) with one of my heroes, Sting.”
“And it’s one of those things, you can wrestle one of your heroes or you can work with one of your heroes and he can be the head of creative (Paul Levesque), you can’t have it all.”
“And I think one thing I do pride myself on as a wrestler is I will make a decision. It might be a left turn, it might be exactly where you think I’m going, but I will make a decision.”
“I will not get stuck because I felt like I’d been stuck early in my career and never want to be that way again.”
Cody Rhodes is set to face Brock Lesnar in a rubber match at WWE SummerSlam 2023 next Saturday, August 5. For the full lineup for the event, click here.
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