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Cody Rhodes dismisses the idea that WWE is trying to destroy the UK’s indie scene

The WWE and its NXT UK roster have been getting some harsh comments in regards to their presence in the UK. Fans feel that the company is doing what it can to soak up the talent in the region before leaving an empty shell that was once full of promise, but Cody Rhodes says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

UK Champion Pete Dunne and other members of the roster have defended the company for several weeks now, but Dunne is not safe from the hatred being dished out on Twitter.

Cody spoke to The Mirror recently to discuss his knee problems ahead of ROH Final Battle. However, when he was asked about the WWE NXT UK contract restrictions, the American Nightmare had a pretty interesting answer.

There’s obviously a deep roster of talent and maybe some we’re not seeing because we’re seeing so many NXT UK guys that we all know are wonderful. I saw a tweet that Pete Dune put out that I really liked.

https://twitter.com/PeteDunneYxB/status/1067506766496350209

There’s such a tendency to jump on WWE and talk bad about them in terms of these contracts and what they’re doing. But with the people they have in place, Johnny Saint, William Regal, and Triple H, there’s no secret to destroy the indie scene in the UK. They just see a wonderful product and they want to protect their guys.

If you’d like to see what else Cody Rhodes had to say about the UK scene, NWA Champion Nick Aldis, and the work he’s doing to get ready for Final Battle, you can click here.


  • Gabriella Savona

    Pete’s comments can’t be taken serious he will say exactly what the WWE wants you to think

  • Gabriella Savona

    If you know the history of the WWE and the territories in the US, you can see where this is going. Vince don’t play well with others. Especially when boots and trunks are involved.

  • Gabriella Savona

    Agreed, I see Cody as a spy for Triple H, he will always say the right things to leave the door open for a WWE Return.! The WWE has a HISTORY of doing this conquering smaller promotions. I wouldn’t be surprised if the YOUNG Bucks do join the WWE and Cody will be one of the reasons why.

    This is why I want IMPACT to stay far away from the WWE it’s like making a deal with the Devil.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Another thing is, like… if the UK indy scene can be killed by WWE running a developmental territory there, how strong could it be to begin with?

  • CC

    Its a typical knee jerk reaction from the anti-WWE crowd.
    They do not seem to understand how contracts work with big businesses. There will often be clauses in contracts that are over the top like this just put in to protect the company in case something major happens, even though there is no intention of ever enforcing it.

  • Keith Learmonth

    You know it’s getting bad when even top indy stars who have made it clear they don’t really want to work for WWE are calling out the fans on their tendency to just jump on every anti-WWE bandwagon.

  • Rinn13

    Yeah Cody, they’re totally not trying to take it over, and put small promotions out of business. Even though they literally are taking it over, and literally have deals with small promotions that were stupid enough to sign on for such a thing, that gives them the right to choose to buy those promotions out and shut them down.

    Nope, nothing to see here.

  • David Klein

    I never thought i would agree with cody