During his appearance on WINCLY, actor Paul Walter Hauser was critical of Cody beating Lance Archer for the TNT Title, stating that it sent a message that AEW is ‘not the land of the giants’. Here’s what he had to say:
I was always told in wrestling that the money is in the chase. So, I thought it might have been smarter to put it on Lance to have a heel and a babyface champion. Then have Cody keep chasing and no one could say to Cody that, ‘You threw the belt on yourself as the EVP, co-owner,’ type booking himself into a million championships. AKA Triple H.
No one would be able to say that but I do wonder what they’re gonna do with the big guys. You’ve got Hager who lost to Moxley, Archer who lost to Cody and Brodie Lee who lost to Moxley. So, if you keep burying all of your big guys then your big guys don’t seem big. Maybe that’s their point because WWE is the land of the giants. They’re then putting their stake in the ground and saying we’re not the land of the giants, we’re the land of the wrestlers. If that’s the reality, then I get that and it’s fine.
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