Six days after WWE officially granted his release, Rhodes released a hand written checklist dream matches on Twitter that included some of the biggest and brightest names the indie wrestling scene had to offer during this era. Over the next two years, he became ubiquitous, appearing in promotions like Evolve, New Japan, Ring of Honor, PWG, Northeast Wrestling, and Impact. But it wasn’t until September 2018 that Rhodes’ true ambition manifested itself.
Despite the buzz Rhodes was creating, the common belief was that independent wrestling was still far too specialized to sell an arena. Wanting to prove the skeptics wrong, Rhodes teamed up with Nick and Matt Jackson of the popular Young Bucks team to start planning an a-la-carte crossover extravaganza called All In, which would bring together wrestlers from almost every major promotion. from around the world except WWE. He sold Chicago’s Sears Center Arena in less than 30 minutes. 11,263 fans were in attendance – it was the first time that a wrestling event not hosted by Vince McMahon had sold more than 10,000 tickets since 1993.
The next logical step was to create their own wrestling promotion. The paperwork began almost immediately, and by October 2019 the new All Elite Wrestling had launched its own weekly TV show, Dynamite, on TNT, with nearly 1.5 million viewers listening. The brand’s popularity has only grown since then, so much so that in March it was announced that AEW would start airing a second weekly show, Carnage.
For the first time in 18 years, a legitimate challenger to WWE’s monopoly on the world of professional wrestling has emerged, and Cody Rhodes is at the center of it all, not just on screen as a performer, but in behind the scenes as one of AEW’s executive vice presidents.
“I have struggled my whole life,” says Rhodes GQ. “I saw the promise he has, and I was made promises in the struggle, by the struggle. I am a bit of an eternal pessimist. So just the idea that AEW is now expanding and has had this continued growth, it really puts things in that vein of, It’s such a big responsibility. We built this, the people came, the people came back, and now the hard work is really starting. “
So how does one of wrestling’s most influential names juggle the weight of all these responsibilities while staying in great shape to step in the ring with everyone from Chris Jericho to MJF to … Is this Shaq’s entry music? We deepened with Rhodes to discuss not only his diet, but also the lessons he learned regarding fitness while growing up in one of the most physically demanding professions.
For Real-Life Diet, GQ chats with high achievers about their diet, exercise programs, and pursuit of wellness. Keep in mind that what works for them isn’t necessarily healthy for you.
GQ : There has been a change in the professional wrestling industry in recent years where we are starting to see careers grow longer and longer. You yourself have been in the business since 2006. What has been the key to staying on top of your game when you live the really crazy life of a professional wrestler?
Cody Rhodes : You can’t over-motivate yourself. When you motivate yourself too much, it almost discourages you from doing all the work. I’ve always found the key to be somewhere right in the middle. Especially if you are abroad where dietary and dietary restrictions are changing. I know if I go to UK there aren’t a lot of late night options but there are the kebab shops where I can buy protein and rice. I don’t need cheese and fries, and I can walk away from that feeling as if at least I’ve done my part.