Cody wants to take care of the core.
With All Elite Wrestling set to start on TNT on Oct. 2, people are already wondering the number of viewers they will be able to attract. AEW Double or Nothing reportedly did just under 100,00 buys while B/R Live streaming events Fyter Fest and Fight For The Fallen have been two of the most popular B/R Live events in the platform's history.
Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Cody discussed the fanbase they are looking to attract on TNT.
"The term 'casual fan,' honestly, I throw up in my mouth every time I hear it. It's this vernacular to describe wrestling based on the Monday Night Wars," stated Cody. "They are over and aren't happening in the present. What's happening in the present is, we can't determine what it is. Only history will be able to tell us. My focus is the base that built AEW. That base, if you've seen it, you get it. If you haven't seen it, you have to see and feel. There's a lot of confidence that can be misplaced for arrogance. But I've seen the power and I want to focus on them. There are people who are plenty critical of what AEW does. Instead of signal boosting that, I'd rather [have] 100 fans in our base than the one salty son of a bitch who isn't coming aboard anyway. The first way to fail is to try and please everybody."
It's unknown how many viewers AEW will be able to draw for their TNT debut and the weeks following, but the promotion continues to have success at the box office as the TNT debut has already sold out.