NXT’s move to break out the Great American Bash name for their next two weeks worth of shows drew a mix of excitement and allegations of pettiness.
People love nostalgia, and seeing the old JCP/WCW brand in all its red, white, and blue glory popped a lot of folks. But it’s also widely acknowledged that Dusty Rhodes came up with the Great American Bash concept, so bringing it back as counter-programming against the company run by his son Cody - AEW had already announced their loaded Fyter Fest episodes of Dynamite for July 1 & 8 - was seen by many to be a promotional low blow.
Those who thought Triple H’s decision spiteful were inspired when Cody’s sister Teil tweeted that WWE should “cut my mom a check.” But the AEW Executive Vice-President says it’s all good.
it’s all good friend. I appreciate the sentiment. Although the event means a lot to my Sister and i, I don’t own the IP and ain’t holding much of a grudge on it.— Cody (@CodyRhodes) June 25, 2020
My focus has to be on our show and talent. Making it fun, making it violent, making it memorable. https://t.co/nWWMcxABJy
The youngest Rhodes has taken WWE’s use of his dad’s legacy pretty personally in the past, so it’s nice to see that this hasn’t upset him - or at least not enough to show it publicly. Whether he’s pissed or not, he’s got the right approach. Delivering a better show and outperforming NXT over the next two weeks would be the best revenge.
Overall, Trips & team aren’t being overtly disrespectful. Dusty’s right there in their advertisements for the latest Great American Bash, so they are paying tribute to Dream - someone who also played a huge role in creating NXT.
For years, fans clamored for competition in the world of nationally televised wrestling. This is what it looks like. It’s made Wednesdays my favorite night of the week. I say bring it on.
Cody seems to agree.
See you on the 1st for the Bash and the Fest.