We’re a few days from this 12 months’s All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing present and wrestler/govt vice chairman Cody spoke with the media Thursday in regards to the occasion and the way the corporate has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
A number of different subjects have been introduced up as properly, like how he and the corporate have modified for the reason that first Double or Nothing present final 12 months—which was the official begin of the AEW promotion. But lots of the questions Cody fielded have been about COVID-19 and the way the corporate plans to nonetheless placed on reside tv.
Here are some highlights from the media name:
DOUBLE OR NOTHING AND AEW
When requested about how the coronavirus pandemic affected the Double or Nothing card, Cody stated that it did not have an excessive amount of of an impact.
“I actually would say this card, you know, just to peel the curtain back a bit, 90 percent of what we potentially had planned [is intact]. Obviously, we were presented with a curve ball and we’re at the plate and we’re hoping to connect, but not a lot of things changed due to COVID-19, in terms of creative.”
Mike Tyson’s involvement in Double or Nothing was introduced up and Cody revealed that the corporate met the previous boxing heavyweight champion eventually 12 months’s present and that he is grow to be a fan of the product since. Tyson is about to current the brand new TNT Championship to the winner of the Cody and Lance Archer match at Double or Nothing—a element that was one of many ultimate inventive selections for the present.
When members of the media requested about Brodie Lee, Cody stated that he appreciates the previous WWE celebrity for his locker room management. There’s numerous younger guys in AEW and him being a veteran presence has helped quite a bit, in response to Cody.
The EVP was requested whether or not he has seen the precise TNT Championship, and Cody stated he hasn’t. He does admit that these types of issues get leaked on-line, however he hopes that the primary time everybody sees the brand new title is when it is being offered on Saturday.
Cody additionally spoke on previous feedback made by AEW President Tony Khan, concerning how contenders for the highest males’s Championships will probably be decided sooner or later. Khan stated that the 2 champs—the AEW and TNT Champions—will probably be ranked, however Cody clarified that AEW and TNT Champions will not issue into the rankings. He additionally stated that they do not know if the TNT Championship will probably be a “workhorse” title just like the Intercontinental Championship in WWE.
Cody did say that the “midcard” of expertise in AEW can transfer up, which is all the time the plan with the rankings.
HOW AEW IS HANDLING COVID
Cody stated that everybody is constantly being examined every week, which is why you see expertise and personnel carrying totally different coloured wristbands, however he did not go into what the colours truly imply. He additionally stated that AEW is planning to remain in Daily’s Place in Jacksonville in the meanwhile.
The EVP additionally added that whereas it is lower than him, he would keep in Daily’s Place even because the nation re-opens and have restricted attendance within the venue.
Regarding postponed reveals, Cody made a degree to say that reveals just like the one in Rochester, New York, will probably be rescheduled for one more time. He even stated that new dates will doubtless be posted in a “couple of weeks,” however added that any worldwide dates will probably be more durable to reschedule due to the pandemic.
Cody additionally famous that he thinks shaking arms backstage, which is a time-honored wrestling custom, is now passe throughout this time and that they’re making an attempt to restrict that shifting ahead.
When requested what they are going to do if somebody assessments constructive, Cody stated that they’re going to check everybody once more and take the required measures. He stated that nobody within the firm has examined constructive and that they’re testing below quarantine measures, which means in an out of doors, unbiased setting.
All Elite Wrestling’s Double or Nothing will stream reside Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. EDT on B/R Live.