In what was an emotional and well-scripted four-minute promo by Cody Rhodes, in the most recent episode of Road to Double or Nothing, Cody hyped his upcoming match against newly AEW acquired Dustin Rhodes, but at the same time, took some shots at a few other notable people.
AEW’s Double or Nothing will take place on May 25 in Las Vegas and one of the matches recently announced was Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes after WWE granted Dustin his early release from the company. In the video, Cody talks directly to the camera and calls his match with his brother more than just siblings battling it out, but a generational match, where, like putting an old, sick dog down for the benefit of everyone, he wants to kill off the Attitude Era.
Cody says, “This match is ‘generation vs. generation,’ I am not here to kill Dustin Rhodes. I’m here to kill the Attitude Era.” Cody talked about how he was the brother that no one believed in, made all the wrong decisions and Dustin was the “prodigal son.” But, this match is more than that. Cody is speaking for an entire crop of people who now run and work with AEW.
He explained, “My whole class of peers has been compared to these gilded late 90s through the early 2000s for over a decade and it’s an utter shame.” Saying performers like his brother paved the way, they did so by putting up “speed markers at 35 because you’re terrified of us putting the f—ing foot down on the pedal.”
One Final Shot at WWE
As if taking a shot at the Attitude Era wasn’t enough of a shocker, Cody then referenced The Rock and CM Punk and made it clear he’s not a fan of the things WWE is doing now versus what AEW is doing today.
DX made a comment at the Hall of Fame that AEW was a pissant company and Cody referenced that as well showing he didn’t take too kindly to the shout-out.