Cody Rhodes builds anticipation.
On Thursday it was announced that Cody Rhodes would challenge Chris Jericho for the AEW World Title at Full Gear on Nov. 9. The announcement had some fans questioning television plans as Cody is set to face Sammy Guevara on Oct. 2 when AEW premieres on TNT and Jericho will defend the AEW World Title on Oct. 16. With wins and losses mattering, it would seem as if AEW gave away results of their television matches. But Cody is quick to remind fans that the card is subject to change.
"This is one of the positive uses of 'card subject to change,'" Cody told IGN. "I'm coming off a win over Dustin, one of the best of all time, and coming off a win over Shawn Spears, who's an absolute stud. Those were two huge wins. So me going for the title makes all the sense in the world. But it may not end up being me versus Chris Jericho. Because Chris Jericho still has a title defense before that in Philadelphia. And it may not be me if I take a loss to Sammy Guevara on the premiere episode. I think Chris Jericho is probably going to get through his first title defense, but if he doesn't we're going to stick to our word about win/loss records being a deciding factor. It's really about the data and who has the best record."
Cody is currently 2-0-1 in AEW with wins over Dustin and Spears, and a draw with Darby Allin. Jericho is 2-0, having defeated Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. After Jericho's World Title victory over Hangman, he went to Longhorn Steakhouse for a little bit of the bubbly. Unfortunately, he lost the AEW World Title while he was there. After launching a "worldwide investigation," Jericho reclaimed the title less than 24 hours later.
"Yeah," Rhodes laughed, "it's all intact. There's no damage to it, which was my biggest concern because myself and Matt Jackson are the ones who ordered this title - who painstakingly tried to cover as many details as we could because we wanted it to be a really special championship belt. So I was not stoked when I found out it was gone and the mystery will remain a mystery, I suppose, of what happened. Was it grand larceny? Did someone just put it on the roof? We don't know. I'm glad it was found. Stuff happens. Jericho's, like, a 60-year vet and one of the greatest of all time, this isn't his first rodeo. And he did everything he could to get it back. Thankfully it's back in the champion's hands."
As of now, AEW has announced three main titles for wrestlers to battle over and no secondary titles. But Cody hinted that a secondary championship could be coming in the near future.
"There's a title we're considering," Rhodes stated, "and it's something people can probably guess since we're going to be on TV, hint hint, but there are no plans for it at the moment. Right now we revolve around the AEW Championship and in D.C. we're going to name the first ever AEW Women's Champion, and that's such a beautiful belt. I don't know if people know, up close, that rose gold is layered into it. Brandi, Kenny Omega, and Tony did a great job getting that title. There's going to be some guidelines laid out for whoever wins that title though," he laughed. "Some guidelines about how they're supposed to take care of it."
You can view a close up look of the AEW Women's Championship by clicking here.