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Tony Khan Hoped To Reach Longer Agreement w/ Cody Rhodes, Comments On Not Picking Up Option Year

Tony Khan has a lot of respect for Cody Rhodes even though the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new deal.

Today on the AEW Revolution media call, Tony Khan was asked why he didn’t exercise the extension on Cody Rhodes’ contract like he did for other EVPs like The Young Bucks. Khan said he tried to reach a longer agreement with Cody beyond the option years, but the two sides couldn’t settle on things to get the deal done.

“It’s a great question, and there have been a lot of great questions today,” Tony Khan began. “I know I say that a lot, but I honestly mean it if I didn’t think it was a good one, I wouldn’t say it. And that is a very fair question to ask. I don’t want to get too deep into it because a lot of this is personal between me and him. But I tried to reach a longer agreement with him beyond what we had for the option years.

“And it sounded like at one point I think that we were going to honestly and when we couldn’t settle on it, the last thing I want to do is keep somebody here that isn’t going to want to be here,” Khan explained, “so it didn’t look like we were going to get a longer deal done, and I would have loved to have done it. I have a lot of respect for him, but when we didn’t come to terms on that, it made it pretty clear where we were going to end up on things, and that being said, I have said nothing but respectful stuff about Cody, and I’ll continue to.”

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