AEW’s Cody & Jim Ross Comment On Turner TV Deal

Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks -AEW
Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks -AEW

Earlier today, Warner Media and AEW announced that pro-wrestling will be returning to TNT this fall. Additionally, Jim Ross and Cody took part in an interview with Variety.

Cody on AEW Deal With Warner Media

“The term people are using is ‘alternative,’” Rhodes said. “For many years throughout my youth and plenty of other fans’ youths, pro wrestling has been essentially just one company and that’s not really the case. I want to be the sports-centric alternative in the pro wrestling world and I think we’re on a good path to get there.”

Jim Ross on AEW TV Deal With Warner Media

“AEW has a great opportunity because they’re not underfunded, the leadership has amazing vision, is young and youthful,” Ross said. “It’s probably the youngest group of decision makers ever in the business and I think that’s a pretty good statement because they’re going to be able to relate to that 18-34 demographic and 18-49 demographic very favorably.”

“Competitive means being profitable,” he continued. “It doesn’t mean, ‘We have to have this to beat the WWE.’ Our job is not to worry about what WWE is doing, not their TV clearances, not whose in the main event, nothing. With a growing company there are a lot of growing pains. It’s a mix of creative and athletics and a lot of different things. Our focus has to be us, period.”

Cody on AEW’s Sports-Centric Approach

“One thing we really strongly want to present is wins and losses mattering again in pro wrestling. That takes more than the W and the L column,” he said. “We’re talking about percentage of times someone loses to this particular maneuver, percentages against somebody of this height, a whole by-the-numbers approach that really intrigues me. It’s not a cornerstone of AEW necessarily but it’s a great peripheral element we’re working on and that’s going to be exclusive to us.”

Tony Khan on What AEW Will Be

“Wrestling fans have wanted – and needed – something different, authentic and better for far too long,” saidTony Khan, President and CEO of AEW. “AEW is answering the call. AEW is about more than wrestling.It’s about a movement fueled by wrestling fans who have been underserved and perhaps even disappointed by what the industry has produced in recent years. AEW is rising to the occasion with DOUBLE OR NOTHING and today taking it a step further by partnering with WarnerMedia, which is as committed as we are to making wrestling fans the one and only priority. With WarnerMedia, AEW is poisedglobally to redefine wrestling as we know it today.”