As announced a few days ago, Cody will defend the TNT Championship next week on AEW Dynamite against Private Party member Marc Quen in the second edition of his weekly Open Challenge as champion. However, the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that this was not the company’s original plan.
As disclosed in the weekly newsletter, AEW planned for Cody to defend the title against Rey Fenix, but knowing that the Mexican would not be recovered in time from the injury he suffered on May 20, they had to change their course and edit the last episode of DYnamite to remove references to Phoenix.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter also explains that Rey Fenix is in good shape and is expected to be recovered shortly. In fact, it is believed that he might even have been able to participate in the fight against Cody, but the company preferred not to take risks and wait until the masked man is completely ready to compete again.