All Elite Wrestling is well underway now, but if a perfect series of events hadn't unfolded, maybe it wouldn't be.
One of those events was the fact that Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling didn't offer The Young Bucks dual contracts, as the duo mentioned several months ago. According to them, there may not be an All Elite Wrestling if the case were different.
When Fightful asked Cody Rhodes if he feels that were the case, he reiterated that perfect series.
"Ooh. All these elements that get us here are so combustible. Maybe AEW isn't here if they'd offered dual contracts. But honestly, the timeline exists because they didn't, because (The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega) started Being The Elite, because I did leave WWE. Because Tony Khan -- as a billionaire and and a wrestling consumer, and wanted to represent the wrestling consumer because he's a wrestling consumer. Perhaps we wouldn't have an AEW if they'd taken those contracts," said Cody.
As for Cody himself, he didn't sound too sure about what that would have meant for him. After All In, he was already poised to return to promoting for Double or Nothing. Without all of the EVPs of AEW, Cody doesn't seem to think they'd have the same magic.
"My mind at that time was moving towards Double or Nothing, a sequel to All In. Running self promoted events. That's where my mind was at. This over-reaching large company, that idea became more real as our free agency started to loom in January. I'm glad they didn't (offer dual contracts), no offense to any of those promotions. It helped get us here. Matt and Nick are pivotal to what happens here. We all have to provide a different thing as EVPs. Every one of us performs and competes differently. That's the formula that works, and I'd like to keep it that way," said Cody.
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