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AEW media call: Cody on Dynamite debut, Dusty's influence, NXT

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On Tuesday afternoon, AEW's Cody held a conference call with the media (audio available below) as the debut of Dynamite awaits Wednesday night.

Among the topics Cody hit on while flipping back and forth between kayfabe:

- He answered a lot about the Dynamite debut, whether they will be watching NXT while they watch the show, and more.

- How he won't go on to face Chris Jericho at Full Gear if he loses to Sami Guevara

- He has clearance to use the Rhodes weight belt on TV, but won't use it because he feels he got the name Cody over while in Japan. "By no means is WWE holding my name hostage," he said. "There's a lot of respect between the families involved here. I just like using my first name."

- Had ROH and New Japan accepted dual contracts, what would he have done?

- He discussed why they are running East Coast cities in this first run of shows.

- He answered some criticisms about a lack of African-American talent on AEW's singles roster.

- He said they are in the 80-85% size when it comes to their max roster size for now and some misconceptions that any disgruntled WWE star can find a home there.

- He wondered if he could just buy the War Games concept back from WWE as his dad came up with the idea. He has the Bunkhouse Stampede and BattleBowl ownership in his back pocket.

- He said he's keeping a close eye on Cain Velasquez's progress as a pro wrestler and would take him on as a project if he came to AEW.

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