Matt Hardy On WWE vs AEW, Cody Rhodes Talks Competing With NXT, Kylie Rae Returns To Ring

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Matt Hardy thinks that the competition between WWE and AEW will be great for all involved.

Hardy recently spoke with Inside the Ropes where he shared his thoughts about what will happen with WWE, now that they seem to have some serious competition in terms of AEW airing their own weekly wrestling show on TNT.

“It’s great, I mean it’s going to help everyone and it’s beneficial for everyone,” said Hardy.

“AEW coming out, having this programming, and having a good spot on television. It’s going to be great for us too because it’s going to push our creative team, our minds, and our talents to do even better,” he added.

Hardy did point out, however, that there is one area where WWE will still have the clear edge and that will be in its global reach.

“No one is going to be on the global competition level of WWE because it’s so entrenched everywhere,” said Hardy.

Cody Rhodes Says AEW Isn’t Focused On Competing With NXT

Cody Rhodes recently spoke with IGN about WWE NXT live TV show’s Wednesday timeslot putting it in competition with AEW’s live show on TNT.

According to Rhodes, they are not looking at NXT’s move to live TV as “competition.”

“Our focus is still on providing the best AEW, providing the best alternative. We haven’t switched over to ‘Well how can we compete?’ because we already felt like we had a product that people wanted to see,” said Rhodes.

“We want to provide bell-to-bell sports-centric pro-wrestling. That’s going to mean longer matches. That’s going to mean stories being told between the ropes. That means no invisible camera backstage. That’s gonna mean more of a live-sports approach to our product,” he added.

Former AEW Wrestler Kylie Rae To Return To Ring

As we previously reported, Kylie Rae had been released from her contract with All Elite Wrestling.

Rae’s release was confirmed by AEW President Tony Khan, who didn’t give a reason why Rae asked to be released but said there were “no hard feelings” between Rae and AEW.

Rae has been announced for a Freelance Wrestling/Freelance Underground show called Game of the Genders in Frankfort, Illinois.

Rae will be facing Isaias Velazquez as a replacement for Shotzi Blackheart.