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Cody Rhodes Reacts To Roman Reigns Saying AEW Isn’t Competition To WWE

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 22, 1990) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling

On this day in 1990, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped at the War Memorial in Rochester, New York and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1991’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Rick Martel vs. Jim McPherson

2. Randy Savage vs. Koko B. Ware

3. Davey Boy Smith vs. Chris Duffy

4. Hart Foundation vs. Black Demon & Black Bart

5. The Orient Express vs. Mike Durham & Mike Pocari

• Cody Rhodes Reacts To Roman Reigns Saying AEW Isn’t Competition To WWE

During a recent interview with SPORT1 in Germany, AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes talked about Bret Hart’s popularity in Germany, Roman Reigns saying AEW isn’t a competition to WWE & more.

Below are the highlights:

On Bret Hart being popular in Germany:

“When Bret Hart came to Germany in the 1990s, it was BeatleMania. The beautiful thing is then, WWF didn’t know why. Now we have the data, we can determine and understand why someone is moving the needle.

I think, Bret was more of an athlete, he was presenting a more reality-based wrestling instead of the overly dramatic wrestling.

I love Hulk Hogan, I love the Ultimate Warrior, but Bret was providing more grit, grind and hard-hitting – and consistency. I think that was more respected in Germany. Hopefully when we come, we’ll have a Bret Hart of our own.”

On his rise in popularity on the indy scene after he left WWE:

“I don’t think I expected it. The truth is: I am very honest to myself when it comes to my spot on the card. When AEW came to fruition, I was rising up and I was being greeted so generously by its fandom. But if you compare it to fishing: That’s a bite and I’m not gonna let go of that.

That’s what wrestling is about. The beautiful thing about AEW [is that] everybody thinks that way, everybody wants to be at the top, but everyone’s doing it the right way – by performance.”

On Roman Reigns saying AEW isn’t competition to WWE back in August:

“[Roman] is very, very smart, he has WrestleMania main events under his belt, he has incredible talent. I think at the time, a lot of people were…I don’t wanna say naive. People were turning away from it, but there’s no turning away now.

WWE’s on a 49 year head start and I tip my hat for that. But what we’re doing is to build upon what fans have been talking about for 20 years, what they want from a wrestling product and what perhaps wasn’t delivered to them.

We want to be the alternative. If that means stepping into competition, so be it. It’s better to have competition, for me, for Roman, for everybody.”

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