Last night, AEW held its one-year anniversary show after having been on television since October 2, 2019. One of the promises Cody and the rest of the AEW leadership made to fans and wrestlers who would go on to work for them is they would be different from WWE.
One area where this seems to be the case for some wrestlers is the ability to work in other promotions. So far, the majority of full-time talent in AEW has only worked for New Japan or promotions outside of the US. However, Cody shares his feelings on if this could change in the future on The Busted Open Radio Podcast:
“You can’t put a saddle on a mustang. People need this. They want to experience other worlds, and no contract in AEW is a blanket contract. Everybody can go from different places and register down. The doors are open. I know the classic things in wrestling is ‘perception is reality.’ In 2020/2021, it kind of feels like ‘reality is reality’ because we can see so many more wrestlers just via social media and just the different platforms. So you can’t just say you’re the best anymore. You have to get out there.
“I love it when Jon makes the move out there and does something like that. “He always represents AEW really highly because he always represents himself really highly. So that was a cool thing, and I think you’ll see that as long as AEW is around. I can never see the doors closing or the bridges going up. It’s just not the type of culture Tony’s helped create and not the type of place we work.”
“I think year one, maybe we thought we had an identity card out, but really, the identity that’s constant is the one that’s not constant. It’s a product that’s evolving. It’s a wrestling style that’s evolving. It’s a robust flavor profile. I want to keep changing it. I genuinely do for the betterment of the wrestling fan and for the betterment of the locker room. Just change our culture! The Elite slogan is ‘Change The World’, and that’s a pretty bold statement. But a year worth of Dynamite, some great memories, fortunately, has favored the bold. And I’m very fortunate, lucky, and all those things to be in this spot with this organization.”
One relationship many fans are clamoring for is a bigger partnership with NJPW. Based on some recent interactions it seems the once cold relationship might be warming back up.
However, it still seems like we are a far distance away from seeing talent exchanges with companies who have major TV deals. Although, AEW has had performers show up on MLW, BloodSport, and NWA programming. Maybe those days aren’t too far off after all.
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcriptions of the quotes.