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Cody Rhodes name drops Raw, announces next defense during first TV appearance as NWA champ

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It’s been more than two weeks since Cody Rhodes won the NWA Worlds Heavyweight title from Nick Aldis at ALL IN. That’s approximately forever ago on the current wrestling timeline, where there have been something like 100 hours of televised graps since Sept. 1.

So it was good timing for the American Nightmare to pop back up on our radar, even if the episode of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH) he appeared on won’t air for a few more days, at least.

According to a live report from PWInsider, Rhodes opened Saturday night’s taping in Port Hueneme, California with an interview conducted by Championship Wrestling’s David Marquez. He announced his intention to hold onto the belt past the time when his current contract with Ring of Honor (ROH) expires in January, 2019 with a statement designed to engage fans’ imaginations about his future plans:

“The rules of the NWA say I can take this championship wherever I want. I can defend it in my home promotion of Ring of Honor or I could defend it on Monday Night Raw.”

For more concrete news about what’s next for Cody and the ten pounds of gold, a defense was also announced for the ROH TV tapings after their Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view (PPV). Rhodes will put the belt on the line against Lucha Underground’s Willie Mack on Sat., Sept. 29 in Vegas:

Mack is the current CWFH Heritage Heavyweight champion.

Cody had a run-in with another Championship Wrestling regular during his segment, as “Professional” Peter Avalon had a problem with then-champ Aldis missing their planned match in Arizona due to some travel issues. Rhodes said he couldn’t give Avalon a title shot with NWA management’s blessing. He did hit him with a Cross Rhodes before leaving the Oceanville Pavilion, though.

You can catch Championship Wrestling on syndicated networks or on Fite.TV.

Rhodes will rematch Aldis for the NWA World title at their 70th Anniversary show on Oct. 21 from Nashville.