Cody Rhodes’ Controversial Chair Shot “Gimmicked” Despite Injury, Tony Khan Compares Incident to “Pilot Error”


Cody Rhodes left Saturday night’s Fyter Fest with 10 staples in the back of the head following a hugely controversial “unprotected” chair shot that AEW officials are chalking up to user error.

“You could build the safest airplane in the world, and if there’s pilot error, there’s pilot error,” AEW President Tony Khan told members of the press during a post-show media scrum.

Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks also confirmed to the press that the chair used in the spot was “gimmicked”, but clearly something in the execution went wrong because Cody was left bleeding with a nasty gash on the back of his head.

What actually happened was that the surface of the chair, or the seat, was indeed “gimmicked”, in that it was specifically designed to keep Cody from suffering any kind of actual head trauma. However, the back of the chair caught the back of his scalp and left a major gash requiring nearly a dozen staples.

As noted, AEW and Tony Khan both confirmed that Cody was examined by a doctor immediately after his match, and that he did not suffer a concussion as a result of the incident.