A tweet from Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer has sparked something in the mind of Cody Rhodes this week. Meltzer was asked on Twitter whether he believed Ring Of Honor would ever be able to fill a show in an arena containing 10,000 seats. Dave doesn’t think so, but Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks do. The ROH World Champion responded to Meltzer’s answer with “challenge accepted.” Cody didn’t merely just say it as a throwaway comment either. The man formerly known as Stardust is already putting the wheels in motion to make the show happen sometime next year. He and The Young Bucks plan on financing the show, but one thing is for certain, they are going to need some big names on the card if they want to fill that big, empty arena.
5. Kenny Omega
The most obvious choice for Cody and the bucks that will put butts in seats is Kenny Omega. Being the leader of the Bullet Club it’s almost a certainty that The Cleaner will be involved with the potential super show in some way. One thing Omega’s presence on any card can guarantee is intrigue. Just take his upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 12 match with Chris Jericho. The match may not technically be the main event of the pay-per-view but rest assured, it’s the one bout scheduled that has the whole of the wrestling world talking. Perhaps Cody’s ROH special could be the stage for a rematch between the two should the event come to fruition.
4. Austin Aries
Over the past year and a half or so, Cody Rhodes has blazed a trail and set an example for former WWE Superstars who may have previously thought working for Vince McMahon was the be all and end all of pro wrestling. The ROH Champion has very much put that theory to the sword as he has enjoyed an insane amount of success on the indies after leaving WWE. Someone who will be looking to follow in his footsteps is Austin Aries. A-Double has the advantage of having worked the independent circuit before. In fact, that’s where he has spent the majority of his career. Now, that he’s back he is one of pro wrestling’s hottest commodities and would be a very valuable asset on Cody’s record-breaking ROH show.
3. Hulk Hogan
Kenny Omega will be battling a big star in Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 12. Well, recently The Young Bucks started joking about a big draw of their own that they could bring with them to the Tokyo Dome. Matt and Nick Jackson semi-joked that they were going to try and get Hulk Hogan to accompany them to the ring for their match. It may have been a joke but it’s definitely worth a try. There are rumors swirling right now that The Hulkster is desperately trying to get back into the business after he asked fans if he should, plus both his son and daughter have hinted that he wants to. Imagine how many tickets Cody and The Bucks could sell off the back of a promise that The Immortal One would be on the show in some form or fashion.
2. CM Punk
Despite CM Punk being away from WWE for almost four years now, there is still a constant buzz that The Second City Saint is potentially on his way back. The truth is right now he probably isn’t, but that doesn’t stop fans hoping for it plus history dictates that everyone comes back eventually no matter what has happened in the past. Punk has voiced his dislike of the business he once loved and even apparently turned down a $1,000,000 offer to wrestle in the UK recently. He is also meeting with Dana White any day now to discuss potentially fighting in UFC again. Well if that doesn’t happen, then Cody Rhodes would be a fool not to approach him about returning to wrestling. WWE is the reason Punk fell out of love with wrestling, and right now Cody is about as far from WWE as you can get while still remaining in the business.
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1. Daniel Bryan
Since the news broke that Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks are serious about putting on this show, the one name that has been banded around more than any other is Daniel Bryan. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion may be retired from in-ring competition, but it is no secret that he is dead set on wrestling again one day, whether it be for WWE or another promotion. When Rhodes won the ROH Championship Bryan even suggested on Twitter that he would challenge him for it down the line. In fact, the date that he suggested—one day before Cody would break Bryan’s own record reign with the same title—could line up perfectly with when the potential 10,000 seater show may take place. If the event featured just one match, Daniel Bryan vs Cody Rhodes, then that alone could sell out an arena of that size.
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