Former AEW Women’s World Champion Nyla Rose has defended Cody Rhodes in a recent interview after the AEW Executive Vice President received backlash for trying to raise money for an LGBTQ+ charity during Pride month.
For those that don’t know, some questioned Cody Rhodes’ intentions after he released a special shirt this month, with the proceeds going to the National Center For Transgender Equality, something that Brandi Rhodes defended him for.
Excited to release this charity tee! TODAY AT 1et.
The National Center For Transgender Equality helps individuals face discrimination, violence, opportunity limitation, and a myriad of other issues facing those affected. https://t.co/XsM9i8GrPF pic.twitter.com/8a6BmqejDZ
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) June 1, 2021
Speaking with Yahoo Sports, Nyla Rose labelled Cody Rhodes an “ally” of the LGBTQ+ community, having the following to say on the matter:
“People tend to be a little too woke a lot of times and overlook a lot of things. Cody’s an ally and he wants to go out there and do good. How can you hate on someone who wants to do good because it isn’t how you want it to be done? That’s absolutely silly. Cody actually asked me about the charity, so I did my research and due diligence and said absolutely and we agreed it was a great place for the proceeds to go to. To have someone like Cody, Dustin Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes back me and see me as a person first, it means the world to me.”
During the same interview, Nyla Rose also opened up about her own transition, expressing the importance of educating the people close to her on the correct terminology to use:
“Once I learned what transgender was, everything just kind of clicked. It was a moment of ‘Oh my God, that’s me. That’s exactly how I feel. I don’t feel right being what everyone else wants me to be.’ I needed to be true to myself and what I felt inside. From that point on it was a moment of educating my family and my closest friends.
“I didn’t think actual transition was ever a possibility, so I relegated myself to being comfortable with being as fem as I could be. At the time, that meant cross-dressing. It wasn’t ever how I personally identified, I knew there was always something more, I just didn’t think it would be actually tangible. Much later in life is when it reached an actual breaking point and I went to see a therapist, underwent hormone therapy and I needed to actually transition.”