Originally published at Anthony Bowens recalls advice from Cody Rhodes before The Acclaimed's AEW debut
Rhodes told Bowens to react to Caster’s raps as if they were the best he’s ever heard.
In October of 2020, The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) had their first match for All Elite Wrestling which was their first time teaming together.
Present day, the duo have been reigning as AEW World Tag Team Champions since September. Bowens was a guest on Insight with Chris Van Vliet and looked back on he and Caster’s arrival to AEW.
He recalled receiving advice from Cody Rhodes before The Acclaimed’s debut. Rhodes told Bowens to react to Caster’s rhymes as if it’s the greatest thing he’s ever heard.
I can’t (watch our debut back). I’m dead serious, I cannot watch it because it was very awkward. And basically that was the same day that we had a meeting with Tony, that was the first time we ever met Tony face-to-face, and that’s when he told us that we were going to be The Acclaimed and that was basically our tryout match, it was against Best Friends. And we didn’t know what The Acclaimed was. We just knew that Max rapped and Cody told me — the only piece of information I was given was from Cody and he said, ‘Just whatever diss Caster says, it’s the craziest, best thing you’ve ever heard in your entire life.’ That was the only thing I got. And I had to figure out who I was under the umbrella of The Acclaimed. But two hours later, after meeting Tony, I had no idea what that was. So we came out and there was no theme music, so everything was just like it’s acapella. He did the rap, and I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m like, ‘That was a good one.’ Yeah, it was terrible. I will never [watch the entrance]. I’ll watch the match, the match was great. I will not watch the entrance.
Earlier this month, Caster and Bowens successfully defended the AEW World Tag Titles against Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal on two separate occasions.