According to Cody Rhodes, he corrected his previous comments and noted that he did not actually have “a discussion” on the controversial May 12 promo, and he admitted to using that term in error. You can read a transcript of Cody clarifying his comments during the media call below (via Fightful):
“I’m going to attribute this to me not knowing what a chat group is because I woke up this morning with a very large number of people in my mentions, almost all with a Roman avatar or Sasha Banks, mocking of me for using the term “focus group”. I don’t have a discussion group on this promo. What I intended to say, and didn’t say it correctly, so attribute it to me being a dummy; I work very hard on my promos. A lot of alumni say, “I was doing it on the fly,” I would say they are working really hard on theirs in the gym or in the car. When it comes to my promotions, the process is usually; I send a memo to the people I trust the most. Legends, coaches and management and I love to see what they think about it. There is no AEW newsgroup that listens to my interviews. I would highlight my passion and love for promos, I got to see firsthand a really great working relationship between Brian Gewirtz and The Rock and I know it’s an incredibly high comparison, but it’s one for which you have to aim with him being an exceptional artist and promo. I like to take mine seriously and focus on them. I want to keep delivering good content when I put the mic to my lips. “
Cody Rhodes is set to face Anthony Ogogo on Sunday, May 30 at AEW Double or Nothing 2021. The event will be broadcast live on pay-per-view.