Wardlow speaks on Cody Rhodes' career announcement.
The wrestling world was shocked on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, when Cody and Brandi Rhodes announced that they would be moving on from All Elite Wrestling, a promotion that they helped found.
In the wake of the news, many AEW names reacted on social media sending well wishes to the couple as they had to the next part of their journey.
Along the way in their 3 years with AEW, both helped establish new stars. Perhaps no one was better positioned for early success than Wardlow, who has the distinction of being part of the first-ever AEW Steel Cage Match against Cody Rhodes.
Now, speaking on the Battleground Podcast, Wardlow said he will never have anything negative to say about Cody Rhodes and credited Cody for making his dreams come true.
"I'm just as surprised, as everybody else I woke up to see the news. So I'm still very much in the dark on the situation. But, you know, like I said, I could speak on the situation for an hour straight, maybe longer. But for right now, without really knowing too much detail, all I can say to them is, thank you. They, they invited me into their house, he invited me to his school to take a look at me, he made my dreams come true. I'll never have a bad word to say about Cody. I've never had anything other than a positive interaction with him, and he legit made my dreams come true. I will forever be in his debt, I will forever thank him, and be thankful for him and the opportunity he gave me. Because I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you guys if it wasn't for him. So if this is it, I would just say thank you to him. I just hope him and his family the best with whatever they decide to do. I messaged him earlier, 'Doing what's best for you and your family is never a bad decision.' No matter who it affects, so — I just wish them the best."
Furthermore, Wardlow reflected on debuting in Nashville, Tennessee, the site of this week's Dynamite, by attacking Cody Rhodes. Wardlow said that returning to Nashville give him some more fire, which may not be good for Maxwell Jacob Friedman.
“So it's a big match in Nashville, which means a little extra for me because my debut, November 13, 2019, I came through the crowd in Nashville and jumped Cody Rhodes and that was the debut of Wardlow, the first time anybody had ever seen me. So coming back to Nashville already has a little extra fire in me. Which is not good for Max.
As tensions escalate between Wardlow and Maxwell Jacob Friedman, The War Dog has refused to rule out a match between the two of them happening this calendar year. Learn more here.
Fightful has live coverage of AEW Dynamite every Wednesday night as it airs on TBS. We will also have a podcast breaking down all the action after the show goes off the air on our YouTube channel.
If you use any of the quotes above, please credit the original source with a H/T and link back to Fightful for the transcription.