Television battle-lines have been drawn between the Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after NXT. NXT and AEW are both going to be part of the USA Network, and those involved with the promotions have engaged in verbal jousting about the TV tussle.
Even though the WWE and AEW are exchanging arguments about one promotion upstaging the other, Cody Rhodes, AEW’s founder had a nuanced take on NXT moving out of the WWE fold. In an interview with Bleacher Report, Rhodes spoke about the connection between his late father, the legendary Dusty Rhodes, and NXT.
The 34-year-old said that Rhodes Senior was instrumental in building up NXT as a brand when it was up and coming. He also added that Vince McMahon’s decision to move NXT to a TV network meant that he was perceiving it as a full-fledged brand in itself.
“I'm oddly intrigued to see what Vince McMahon does with NXT,” Rhodes said. Speaking about the TV turf war between the two rival promotions, Rhodes did not add fuel to the existing fire but simply said that for audiences, it was a “must-watch”.
But at the same time, he noted that while the fans had been given a choice between the two promotions, he hoped they would prefer to watch AEW over its rival faction.