TNT Wanted David Arquette To Pay To Wrestle On AEW Dynamite
Arquette wanted to wrestled Cody Rhodes on AEW Dynamite
During a recent appearance on Insight with Chris Van Vilet, Hollywood actor and former professional wrestler David Arquette revealed that he once pitched wrestling Cody Rhodes on an episode of AEW Dynamite.
This was during the period where Arquette had taken to the independent scene for a redemption tour, filming content for what would eventually become the documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette.
Speaking to Van Vilet, Arquette explains how he pitched a match with Cody as AEW was coming together.
"I was talking to Cody Rhodes about trying to have him in the film, it was right as the AEW stuff was coming together. Yeah, I did (pitch a match). I thought it would be so funny like, 'You disrespected the belt and my dad had it and I'm going to pay him back'".
The proposed match hit a stumbling block when the network TNT asked the former WCW Heavyweight Champion to pay for his own appearance.
"That's one thing that was a little upsetting, especially with AEW because they had all the guys in AEW that were in the movie and I wanted to go and do a match or something to promote the movie and they were like [no]. I think it was TNT, they were like trying to charge me to wrestle".
Arquette believes there was some confusion as to what he was trying to do, elaborating by saying:
"It went through like the publicity department to TNT or something and they were like, 'Well, it cost this to...' 'Forget it'. We were looking to advertise on the shows, at least some form of advertisement within AEW, but they looked at it like, 'We charge this much for someone to promote in the ring'. That was a little depressing because I knew a bunch of the guys over there".