Cody Rhodes has always been very open about his relationship with WWE and their impact on his growth as both a performer and a man.
Speaking to Sport 1 in Germany, Cody spoke openly about a comment that Roman Reigns had made early in All Elite Wrestling's existence that it would be generous to call them competition for WWE.
"To Roman's point: He is very, very smart, he has [many] WrestleMania main events under his belt, he has incredible talent. I think at the time, a lot of people were … I don't wanna say naive. People were turning away from it, but there's no turning away now," he said. "WWE's on a 49-year head start and I tip my hat for that. But what we're doing is to build upon what fans have been talking about for 20 years, what they want from a wrestling product and what perhaps wasn't delivered to them. We want to be the alternative. If that means stepping into competition, so be it. It's better to have competition, for me, for Roman, for everybody."
When discussing the AEW World Champion, Chris Jericho, Cody talked about his invaluable impact on the success of the company.
"You don't want to praise Chris, because he's such an asshole," he admitted. "But you have to give him props. Every week, Chris Jericho does something that reminds me of how important he is to the company. Every week. He's a huge part of this."
You can read the full interview at this link.