The big talk as of late was centered around Rampage beating SmackDown in the key demo when the two shows went head-to-head for 30 minutes.
Cody Rhodes recently made an appearance on K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan where he explained why this is a bigger deal for WWE than for AEW.
“It’s a bigger deal for them, I think. And I don’t mean to sound bullish or anything like that, but if they were under the impression they were going to win in that key demo– there are plenty of people at WWE behind the scenes who are brilliant and great people, but I think there’s people in the industry, non wrestlers, people who have never even stepped in a ring, who are leading them down a business path while the business isn’t there,” Rhodes explained. “We are an alternative. They’re the juggernaut in this space.
“We’re the alternative brand, but if you’re looking at metrics and you work in the offices of that company, you do have to be aware that there is a seismic, seismic, earth-shattering shift in the wrestling business. And the last time there was this type of shift was in the mid ’80s when WWE was taking everybody’s territories because they had the TV and they were making a better product. So they deserve to get all the praise that they did, but it’s definitely an unreal time.
“Someone who’s an executive in the company that’s making these moves, you asked me when I’m standing in the ring with a microphone in my hand and I’m going to give you the most competent answer. But it is also very overwhelming to me sitting here in my home right now talking to you guys because that’s a responsibility. Great power, great responsibility. If the fans are choosing us and not the others, well, we got to make sure we give them everything that they want. We’ve got to continue to give them a promise of a wrestling company led by wrestlers, and Tony [Khan] has done such a great job in terms of doing that really led to shift in a great way.