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Cody Talks AEW 'Double or Nothing,' Mike Tyson and How the Company Is Handling COVID

We're a couple of days from this year's All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing show and wrestler/executive vice president Cody spoke with the media Thursday about the event and how the company has handled the coronavirus pandemic.

A few other topics were brought up as well, like how he and the company have changed since the first Double or Nothing show last year—which was the official start of the AEW promotion. But many of the questions Cody fielded were about COVID-19 and how the company plans to still put on live television.

Here are some highlights from the media call:

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DOUBLE OR NOTHING AND AEW

When asked about how the coronavirus pandemic affected the Double or Nothing card, Cody said that it didn't have too much of an effect.

"I actually would say this card, you know, just to peel the curtain back a bit, 90 percent of what we potentially had planned [is intact]. Obviously, we were presented with a curve ball and we're at the plate and we're hoping to connect, but not a lot of things changed due to COVID-19, in terms of creative."

Mike Tyson's involvement in Double or Nothing was brought up and Cody revealed that the company met the former boxing heavyweight champion at last year's show and that he's become a fan of the product since. Tyson is set to present the new TNT Championship to the winner of the Cody and Lance Archer match at Double or Nothing—a detail that was one of the final creative decisions for the show.

When members of the media asked about Brodie Lee, Cody said that he appreciates the former WWE superstar for his locker room leadership. There's a lot of young guys in AEW and him being a veteran presence has helped a lot, according to Cody.

The EVP was asked whether he has seen the actual TNT Championship, and Cody said he hasn't. He does admit that these sorts of things get leaked online, but he hopes that the first time everyone sees the new title is when it's being presented on Saturday.

Cody also spoke on past comments made by AEW President Tony Khan, regarding how contenders for the top men's Championships will be determined in the future. Khan said that the two champs—the AEW and TNT Champions—will be ranked, but Cody clarified that AEW and TNT Champions won't factor into the rankings. He also said that they don't know if the TNT Championship will be a "workhorse" title like the Intercontinental Championship in WWE.

Cody did say that the "midcard" of talent in AEW can move up, which is always the plan with the rankings.

HOW AEW IS HANDLING COVID

Cody said that everyone is consistently being tested each week, which is why you see talent and personnel wearing different colored wristbands, but he didn't go into what the colors actually mean. He also said that AEW is planning to stay in Daily's Place in Jacksonville for the time being.

The EVP also added that while it's not up to him, he would stay in Daily's Place even as the country re-opens and have limited attendance in the venue.

Regarding postponed shows, Cody made a point to say that shows like the one in Rochester, New York, will be rescheduled for another time. He even said that new dates will likely be posted in a "couple of weeks," but added that any international dates will be harder to reschedule because of the pandemic.

Cody also noted that he thinks shaking hands backstage, which is a time-honored wrestling tradition, is now passe during this time and that they are trying to limit that moving forward.

When asked what they will do if someone tests positive, Cody said that they'll test everyone again and take the necessary measures. He said that no one in the company has tested positive and that they are testing under quarantine measures, meaning in an outside, independent setting.

All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing will stream live Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. EDT on B/R Live.

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