When Cody Rhodes and AEW officially announced that that they had parted methods, it instantly led followers to 1 conclusion and one conclusion alone: Cody Rhodes was coming residence to WWE.
That’s proper, whereas Rhodes initially mentioned goodbye to the primary actual wrestling promotion he labored for popping out of highschool all the way in which again in 2016, touring across the indies and notoriously destroying the throne in one in all his first appearances for All Elite Wrestling at Double or Nothing, it solely felt like a matter of time earlier than Dusty’s son would return to the corporate that “made” him. A controversial take? On the time, possibly, however Rhodes’ schtick grew extremely stale with AEW followers who disapproved of his most popular fashion of storytelling, and when he made the now-ridiculous resolution to swear off ever difficult for the AEW World Championship once more in he misplaced to Chris Jericho at Full Gear 2019, his ceiling within the promotion was artificially set. Rhodes spoke on the matter himself on Out of Character with Ryan Satin again in April, as you’ll be able to learn under by way of a transcription from Wrestling News.
“We needed a wrestling firm dropped at you by wrestlers, for positive, that’s an enormous a part of the mission. However possibly it might have been higher served for me at age 45 than it did at age, you already know, 33, or no matter it was, I’m simply now getting into the prime of my profession. So to make political selections, like boxing myself out of successful a world championship, these selections, in hindsight, weren’t the proper selections and what I ought to have been doing.”
So, when a return to AEW was all however crossed off the proverbial listing of locations, it felt like solely a matter of time earlier than Rhodes would make his manner again to WWE, as a return to Ring of Honor, a visit to New Japan, or perhaps a keep over in Influence would have been checked out as a downgrade. Followers began to search for clues, from social media posts to Reddit customers attempting to ID the “American Nightmare” on the airport, however the first “actual” hyperlink followers held onto was the choice for Damian Priest to modify his ending transfer from the Reckoning, which is mainly a Cross Rhodes, in favor of a brand new signature transfer referred to as the South of Heaven, plus his model of the Razor’s Edge that was the signature maneuver of Scott Corridor/Razor Ramone.
Priest’s diversified offensive moveset is about his evolution in WWE, not Rhodes.
Throughout his tour de media availability at SummerSlam, Sean Ross Sapp requested a ton of questions on the very best performers the WWE has to supply. He talked to Bobby Lashley about Mike Tyson, requested Jimmy Hart about his unreleased library of songs from WCW, and acquired in on the enjoyable with Priest, too, discussing Judgement Day and his quickly evolving offensive moveset. Did the return of Rhodes, SRS requested, really affect his resolution to interchange the Reckoning?
“On my finish, there was no thought as to why. I needed to ascertain one other transfer. That’s all it was. There was no considered I might lose a transfer. I simply needed to ascertain one other transfer. What number of guys would have a number of? The Undertaker, you’ve gotten the Final Journey, Hell’s Gate, Tombstone, and the Chokeslam. So for me, it was simply I want extra strikes I can win matches with. I can’t simply depend on one transfer. In order that’s what it comes right down to. So now, though I don’t use the Reckoning any extra, however I nonetheless have it. I’ve the South of Heaven, the Razor’s Edge and considering throwing a submission in there. That actually was the considering. I noticed the stuff after and I believed, ‘Hey, no matter. Give it consideration.’ Whether or not it’s proper or flawed, it doesn’t matter. Individuals are speaking about it and that’s all we wish is for folks to speak about it. So it labored.”
Fascinating. Now, for the eagle-eyed followers at residence who’ve been watching Priest work since he was wrestling as “Punishment Martinez” in Ring of Honor, that isn’t the one wrinkle the “Punisher” has labored into his offense. No, Priest has turn out to be a practitioner of the Damaged Arrow, which is form of just like the tried and true Falcon Arrow, however with a throw added in for good measure. Right here’s what he needed to say on the brand new transfer from elsewhere within the interview.
“So, Damaged Arrow. That’s the distinction between mine and all people else’s. It’s that pop-launch. Actually it began as a result of, at first, I simply picked folks up and tossed them round. T-Bar / Dijak used to do this. So I used to be like, ‘Huh, that’s a keeper.’ That’s actually it. I needed to do one thing that’s completed, it’s easy, it’s a identified transfer, however I needed to make it into my very own. That’s why I tailored the slam-throw into it.”
Nicely, there you go; even at 40, Priest isn’t against studying new tips and additional determining his character. Contemplating how he’s been met with “What?” chants the world over from followers who aren’t into his present presentation, that adaptability ought to show useful.