All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Executive Vice President and two-time TNT Champion Cody Rhodes has said his goal is to “never need” the World Title.
At Full Gear 2019, Rhodes lost a World Championship match to Chris Jericho thanks to MJF turning heel by throwing in the towel, but before that match, Rhodes had said that if he lost, he’d never challenge for the title again.
Speaking with Carton & Roberts, Rhodes explained his philosophy and thinking behind the decision, saying:
“Ultimately, that decision will rest on Tony Khan. I’m going to stick to my word. It’s the easiest heel turn in the history of wrestling if I were to break my word, but I love that we are disciplined and conservative and we’re presenting wrestling backward from the big events to every little detail. I don’t want to sound braggadocious or egotistical, but my goal is to never need the World Championship. Yeah, it sucks to watching Kenny Omega or Jon Moxley with the title when I consider myself the 1A of the group, but I gave my word.”
Since he made that declaration, Rhodes has won the TNT Championship twice. This Sunday at AEW Revolution, he’s in the six-man ladder match to determine the next challenger for current TNT Champion Darby Allin.
Before that though, Rhodes has a big match on the March 3 Dynamite as he teams with Red Velvet against Shaquille O’Neal and Jade Cargill.
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