AEW superstar and Executive VP Cody Rhodes was a recent guest on Busted Open Radio to discuss AEW’s safety protocol and precautions during their tapings for their weekly episodic Dynamite during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Nightmare explains that his wife and company COO Brand Rhodes was adamant about having a top medical team prior to the viral outbreak, then details the journey their talent and staff go through to be able to put the show on. Rhodes also commends AEW President Tony Khan for stepping up.
When we first started, Brandi was adamant that we have a medical team. I rarely swing by the trainer’s room but we also have a physio team. All the perks of a high-end wrestling company. She picked out Doc Sampson, who is famous for saving Jerry Lawler’s life after his heart attack. He does not take shit from anybody. He set in a really rigorous amount of guidelines and everyone was able to follow them. You’re quarantined in a hotel so we can keep the numbers under ten at the actual arena and then you’re sanitizing a car steering wheel, the ropes are being sanitized, you’re getting your temperature checked, you’re getting quarantine questions a page long. You had to limit the people who are older individuals or people with immune illnesses of some kind, they can’t be present because we don’t want to put them in any risk, so we’re doing interviews remotely. It’s been an extreme challenge, but I wanted to be able to answer all challenges. Certain people really stepped up. Tony Khan, more than anybody.