Tony Khan has previously said he took full control of creative from the AEW EVPs in late 2019. And the shows and AEW has never been better. Better free agent signings, less indie bullshit, less cosplay joke wrestlers, a more serious women’s division, and a tag team division that is slowly coming back together.
BODYSLAM now has more details on the current creative status of Cody, Kenny, and the Young Bucks. As well as an update on their relationship with each other.
One of the major differences from the early days of the company to currently in AEW, is the creative process.
Sources within the company have told Bodyslam that creative was essentially completely taken away from the EVP’s, as basically everything now comes through/down to Tony Khan. As it should be. Agree of disagree with his booking, Khan has brought stability to the chaotic mess that AEW was when it first started.
AEW Talents are allowed and encouraged to pitch ideas/give suggestions, but “creative is absolutely Tony Khan’s prerogative now.”
At one point, Cody Rhodes was the only EVP to regularly attend “office” meetings and was an “office” regular, but that role as well as his input with creative have greatly diminished. Matt Jackson’s EVP role, as I was told, has been assisting his wife Dana with merchandise and Nick Jackson is focused on handling BTE. Additionally, it was stated that Kenny Omega is very hands on with AEW Games and “the gaming side of things,” as well as his role of helping to put together the women’s matches.
Bodyslam was told by sources that, “basically they are EVPs in name only in 2021. They no longer have final say in creative or talent hiring. Any of them. TK pulled back on the reigns and took that power away from all.” THANK. GOD.
It was also stressed to me from sources that, “Cody doesn’t really have much of a relationship with any of the EVPs, anymore. The others are still great friends, but Cody is very much on the outside looking in.”
Since the fans have been allowed to attend shows again Cody is one star that has struggled to get over. He comes across as entitled and like we should think he is a big deal but he isn’t. He has a storyline leaves for a few weeks then comes back with a grand entrance. He’s done it twice now, to diminishing returns. Both he and his spot obsessed wife, Brandi, practically got booed out of the building at Grand Slam in an angle where they were supposed to be the babyfaces returning to fight Malakai Black. Black was cheered on like a hometown hero, but Rhodes was booed like crazy.
I personally don’t care either way for Cody, I really like Brandi as heel, but not as a babyface. I can see these two possibly jumping back to WWE or maybe even going overseas if they can’t capture the hearts of AEW fans again. Or maybe the two become heels and join The Elite. Either way, with all the recent signing, emerging talents on the roster, and the two being on television sporadically, it feels like AEW has kind of passed them by.