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AEW Star Defends His Decision To Attend WrestleMania 40

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AEW wrestler Ricky Starks is a very close friend of Cody Rhodes and he attended WrestleMania 40 to see his friend finally finish the story and become the Undisputed WWE Champion in the main event.

During an interview with Whatculture, Starks defended his decision to attend WWE’s biggest show while being under contract to All Elite Wrestling.

Here’s what the former AEW World Tag Team Champion said:

“Dude, I made a joke to Cody. I was like, that video, they caught the video of me acting like that after I just saw ‘Taker come out, dude. It wasn’t because you were winning. I was making that joke with him. Bro, it was crazy.

It was really cool to witness that because Cody… people make all these jokes about me being Cody’s friend and all this stuff, but the reality of it is that I shouldn’t feel like I can’t talk about a friend that I have.

Cody has done more for me behind closed doors and for my family than anyone will ever know. I don’t have to explain myself or justify any type of relationship I have with someone. But I will just end it to that and say, beyond this wrestling sh*t, he’s done more for me than I could have ever asked someone to do.

So in return, he will always have my loyalty and respect because that is how, me as a person, that’s how I operate. So to see that, to see that live, to know the things that he went through the year prior, that was really cool to see because as a friend, you should always want to see somebody succeed.

I was there to see Jade (Cargill) have her WrestleMania match, and I was so floored. Me and Jade were training so hard months prior to doing all that. No one knows that. It’s cool because I’m invested as a person outside of wrestling to see these people succeed in what they are working towards, and they would do the same for me. So it was great to be there and to share that with everybody in the box.

I have no problem with supporting friends at other companies and all that stuff. I don’t believe in that tribalism bullsh*t. You got people who’ve never been in wrestling that try to push that agenda, but I don’t care.

When I went to go see Cody at the Rumble, someone leaked the security footage. It’s not like I was trying to be seen. Someone leaked that footage. It was so bizarre, so weird.”

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