On the Feb. 19 episode of AEW Dynamite, Cody competed in the first-ever AEW cage match against Wardlow. The bout ended with Cody performing a moonsault from the top of the cage onto Wardlow in one of the most dramatic moments in AEW history.
Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Cody discussed the memorable moment.
“That was a very Terry Funk style of a moonsault,” said Cody. “I’m a bigger guy than people think, so the moonsault doesn’t come off easily. The only piece of thinking in my mind was to throw my head back. My body will go where my head will go, that’s something John Laurinaitis and Dean Malenko told me when I first started doing the moonsault. As long as I threw my head back, I knew I’d be OK.”
While the spot went off without a hitch, Cody revealed that not everyone wanted him to take the leap of faith.
"The cage has to be lowered, that was my rule,” he said. “So I ended up with the highest cage I could possibly get, and that cost me. I’m terrified of heights. That’s why my eyes are closed. I thought about it all day. Tony Khan was adamant that I didn’t do it. I’ve never seen a boss like him and how he leads, and the way he cares about his investments. Too many people were trying to talk me out of it. Typically, I’m by the ‘Go position’ during our show, but I stayed away.”
Cody would go on to call last Wednesday's episode of Dynamite his "favorite episode of Dynamite, from top to bottom," saying the show was "very much a snapshot of what Dynamite is supposed to be.”
Cody is set to take on MJF this Saturday at AEW Revolution. You can check out the current card for the event by clicking here.
Fightful will have live coverage of AEW Dynamite beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.