The historic first AEW Dynamite match saw Cody Rhodes take on Sammy Guevara and Guevara tells the story of how he found out about the match.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Guevara mentioned how he wasn't aware he would be taking part in Dynamite's first match until one morning in which his phone blew up with messages of congratulations. The thing is, Guevara had no idea what he was being congratulated on until he saw the news he was facing Cody. Once he figured out it was legit, he immediately went to work to try and impress the wrestling world.
"I woke up and checked my phone. It was just kind of blowing up from everybody saying congrats and whatnot. And then I check, I see it. It's kind of that moment where you're like 'Is this like real? Is this really happening?' And then once I realized it was actually legit, this is actually going to happen, it's almost like I go into work mode. OK, now the pressure's on. This is going to be the first match in TV history for AEW. I'm the first match. Cody's very good, I know I'm very good. But now I've got to prove how good I am to the most people I've ever competed in front of," Guevara said.
In the weeks and days leading up to that match, Guevara suddenly had cameras on him trying to tell his story to the AEW audience. Although Guevara did not win the match against Cody, he continued to be featured on AEW programming and joined Chris Jericho's Inner Circle.
"It felt like a big deal because this was the first time a million people were going to see me," Guevara said. "And so, I wanted to tell the story of Sammy Guevara the best we could. It was definitely a cool feeling, but I never feel like I've made it. Even now, even though I had these big matches, I'm in this group the Inner Circle, I never feel like I made it. Because then you might slack off. I feel like it's definitely a step in the right direction, though. I'm on the right track."
But despite not winning the match, Guevara impressed many and was surprised at all the compliments he was receiving.
"When we came to the back, everybody was saying how we did such a great job. And it's just a weird feeling for me, like 'All right is this a joke? Who's pranking me? Really, did we really do that awesome a job that everybody's saying that we did?' But everybody kept telling me they loved the match even the next week, so I knew it was more than just people happy in the moment," Guevara said.
The full interview between Guevara and Bleacher Report can be read at this link.