I’ve raved before about how masterfully Billy Corgan and Dave Lagana are weaving fiction and reality as the heads of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and its flagship YouTube show, “Ten Pounds of Gold”. Episode 36 continues that, and the real world element they introduce during the latest Cody Rhodes-centric edition is one that’s already generated a ton of discussion among wrestling fans... the end of the NWA Worlds champ’s Ring of Honor (ROH) contract on Jan. 1, 2019.
After promoting his upcoming slate of appearances and title defenses - with Bullet Club against Kazuchika Okada and CHAOS on pay-per-view (PPV) for Ring of Honor at Death Before Dishonor, defending the strap against Championship Wrestling from Hollywood’s Willie Mack at ROH’s TV taping the next night, facing Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States title at New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)’s Fighting Spirit Unleashed in Long Beach and then a rematch with Nick Aldis at the NWA’s 70th Anniversary PPV - Rhodes addressed the future. He doesn’t provide any answers, but he does indicate a commitment to the belt he currently carries:
“January 1st is a very tricky day. We live in a, um... I guess it’s taboo to talk about it, but I’m okay to talk about it - I become a free agent. And looking at how this year went, with my exclusivity with Ring of Honor, how much fun I had and how much challenge I was presented. Looking at what I did with New Japan Pro Wrestling, looking at what happened with ALL IN - there was no way to map that out last year. No way. So I feel like I’m so found, but I’m also so lost at the same time. This is the thing [gestures to the ten pounds of gold] that tethers me back to reality. I know that this moment [on Sept. 1] that I got to share with 11,000 people to become the NWA Worlds champion, everything right about wrestling was in that moment. So no matter where I go - whether I stay with Ring of Honor, or whether I go to WWE. Or whether I commit to New Japan Pro Wrestling full-time. Or whether I just become the NWA Worlds champion, travelling the globe, carrying the ten pounds of gold, taking Jack Brisco photos everywhere. I can’t map it out. It’s tough, and I think the only thing I know how to do in this case is what I did last year, is what I’m going to do this year, and that’s go with my gut.”
His latest WWE name-drop is intriguing, but when Cody talks earlier in the episode about being “the son of the losing army” with regards to his father, Dusty Rhodes, and the NWA’s battles with Vince McMahon, it’s hard to imagine him heading back to The ‘E. At this point in time, anyway.
While we and they continue to consider what the future holds for Rhodes, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, Corgan and Lagana have enlisted a big name to call the main event of their first PPV. Tony Schiavone, a huge part of the NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions past, will call Cody/Aldis II on Oct. 21 from Nashville.
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