“Authenticity,” Cody emphasized. “When I walk around with marketers or new wrestling fans who want to know what makes us different, authenticity is always the first thing I say. ”
Cody, the reigning AEW TNT champion, went on to explain why Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were successful in the 1970s and 1980s.
“In the ’70s and’ 80s, when wrestling fans were enraged for the sport, everyone thinks it was because they thought it was real. However, I do not agree with this idea. Dusty, Hogan, and Flair have made it through the connection fans have made with their characters.
“And the only way to go through the barricade and connect with the fans is to be authentic in your interview, your work on the ring and everything in between. And that’s what we have that separates us from everyone else, ”added Cody, who also serves as an EVP for AEW.
With TNT extending Dynamite On air until 2023, AEW fans have a lot to look forward to in the years to come.