Cody Rhodes On The 26-Hour TV Taping That Saved AEW

The AEW EVP speaks on the critical Georgia TV tapings that helped AEW survive the pandemic.

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Cody Rhodes has credited a monstrous set of television tapings held in Norcross, Georgia at the onset of the global health crisis with saving AEW.

The AEW EVP was answering a question from Spectrum Sports' Jon Alba, who had asked Rhodes about AEW regaining the momentum it had lost when the pandemic kicked in, when the promotion felt like it was on the verge of breaking through to another level.

Cody said that with millions unemployed around the United States and so many people hit hard by COVID-19, he didn't want to whine about what happened to AEW. Instead, he spoke of the company's March tapings at QT Marshall's gym in Norcross, which he claims saw the company film over 30 matches in just 26 hours.

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Pointing out that it is AEW's job to provide content for TNT, Rhodes said these tapings saved the company. TNT, he added, have been a wonderful partner, and AEW simply had to pivot in the same way as everyone else when the pandemic kicked in.

A total of seven different Dark and Dynamite episodes were taped at the Norcross facility. AEW currently tapes at Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida.

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