During his appearance on Busted Open Radio, Cody Rhodes discussed Shawn Spears rapid rise in popularity since joining AEW, and why his stint in AEW has worked whereas his prior time in the WWE did not. Here’s what Cody had to say:
It took a snap of a finger and it took ten staples to the back of my head. I think the answer with how somebody like Shawn Spears goes from toiling in obscurity from the middle card, I should know that answer better than anybody because I was toiling in the middle card.
It is one thing they have done really well, they have moved the ‘The Road To’ series, which was produced in Atlanta, they moved it from Atlanta, GA and moved it to the All Elite Wrestling channel now. It’s a full All Elite Wrestling show. I have let it go there and absolutely love it. They have been able to tell wrestler’s real stories. Wrestlers have an interesting life. People love the reality of our industry. That is one thing that we keep saying in AEW, we keep saying, ‘Sports Centric.’ It means a lot of things but one thing that it means is to cover the day-to-day lives of who these people really are. It may not be the traditional means of getting a character connected, and I don’t know, it may be the magic of Tully Blanchard.
Love him or hate him, I don’t know how I particularly feel about him, but when that guy talks there’s magic. When that guy moves there’s magic. It’s really special for a younger wrestler to even see Tully Blanchard. That could have been the one thing that Shawn Spears needed all along, that one, true adviser and he got somebody very unexpected and Tully Blanchard is something.
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