Cody gives NXT its props.
In just seven days Cody will have the opportunity to hold the very title that his Hall Of Famer father Dusty Rhodes was synonymous with, the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. Cody is challenging Nick Aldis for the strap at 'All In' on September 1st which will be broadcast live on a number of streaming services including FITE TV, HonorClub and the first hour of the event will be broadcast on WGN America.
Some of the best talents on the independent wrestling scene will be competing at 'All In' such as Chelsea Green, Tessa Blanchard, Bandido, Pentagon Jr. and many others. Former Ring Of Honor star and current NXT talent Deonna Purrazzo was scheduled to compete at 'All In' until she signed her NXT developmental contract and it was recently made official that WWE scooped up yet another staple from the independent wrestling scene--that being former EVOLVE Champion Matt Riddle. Speaking with a number of media outlets and news publications to promote 'All In', "The American Nightmare" Cody spoke with 'The Beat' and during their discussion of the talents who are scheduled for the sold-out September 1st Sears Centre event, Cody briefly touched on the NXT brand and stated that they take some of the best talents in the game and polish them.
"I always tell people I’m a slow learner. You see a lot of fast learners in wrestling today, especially in NXT. It’s taken the best independent wrestlers and polished them, then bam their brand is ready to roll." Cody said. "In 2007 when I started I wasn’t even close to being polished. I was very much trial by fire between various characters and different styles of wrestling. Then when I left, they became different types of matches with different things being asked of me as an athlete. So I’m really excited for this show. For those who just follow social media and hear about Cody doing well, this is the chance for them to see what I am now. This is the most I’ve ever been polished and as close to the vision I had of myself when I was a kid who said I wanted to be a pro wrestler." Cody explained. "Being able to have the match at All In involving the NWA World Championship, what Nick Aldis has done to breathe life into that title which was gone from our eyes, it shows how different this event is. WWE is wonderful but they don’t own pro-wrestling. The pro-wrestling ethos is still very much its own entity and this is our take on it."
With one week left to go until 'All In', take a look at the updated match card by heading over to Fightful's "events" section.