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Cody Rhodes Reveals The Highest Paid AEW Star, Says He Thought WWE Will Use The Undertaker On NXT To Draw Ratings

The Undertaker Early 1990s WWF

• ON THIS DAY IN NWA HISTORY (November 8, 1986) – NWA Pro

On this day in 1986, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA Pro’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘NWA Starrcade 1986’ PPV.

The card can be found below:

– Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. Mike Simani & Brodie Chase

– Rick Rude vs. Eddie Roberts

– Ron Garvin vs. Allen West

– Jimmy Garvin vs. Vernon Deaton

– Tully Blanchard vs. Gary Royal

• Cody Rhodes Reveals The Highest Paid AEW Star, Says He Thought WWE Will Use The Undertaker On NXT To Draw Ratings

During a recent interview on ESPN Radio, Cody Rhodes talked about AEW’s highest paid star, AEW Dynamite beating WWE NXT in ratings & more.

Below are the highlights:

On who is the highest paid AEW star:

“I would say that initially with Chris Jericho and the amount of money that he has been paid by AEW, and having the largest contract on the roster – but, in the very beginning, there were three people that said, ‘I want to be the quarterback.’ Three people; and it’s funny that Tony’s from the NFL.

Kenny Omega was one, I was one, and Chris Jericho was one. That sounds like it’s a recipe for disaster perhaps in other worlds, but in the wrestling world, it’s a recipe for success.

He’s competing for the greatness of his own self; he’s trying to show an entire locker room, some who are only from the indie generation who aren’t WWE fans so they aren’t popping for him every time he walks by.

He is trying to show – and he is being successful in showing that there is a reason he’s who he is. There’s a reason he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer, there’s a reason he’s the World Champion.”

On AEW Dynamite beating WWE NXT in ratings:

“I was expecting The Undertaker to be teaming with Johnny Gargano on night one and all that good stuff, but I am more mindful of it post-Wednesday.

I have a lot of friends in that locker room. My dad’s boots are sitting at the Performance Center, so I am more mindful post- Wednesday, but we go into it more of the idea of what we are doing. But then you have everyone else that is in your ears; I am aware [of Finn arriving in NXT] and I actually got to see the Pele Kick that he got to do and the ‘turn’ as it has been dubbed. Triple H is not a stupid guy.

It is public knowledge that we are 5 weeks in [the ‘Wednesday Night Wars’] and 5 weeks in a row [now 6] AEW has beaten NXT in the ratings, and those things will continue to happen,” Cody continued. “That only brings out the best in us because I think we are untapped.

I think we have new, homegrown people that are going to be coming up through the ranks – people like Nyla Rose, people like Rhio. I think they can compete with any wrestling roster. Our tag division that Matt and Nick Jackson have cultivated – so, I would just expect more of that.

That is what this is; we are living in a period of two wrestling shows competing against each other for the wrestling viewer and the casual fan, so, we will see more of that.”

Also Read: AEW Dynamite Beats WWE NXT By Only 9,000 Viewers This Week, NXT Gains Over 200,000 Viewers

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