Cody Rhodes departs AEW to the shock of many. Also, he is reportedly already speaking with WWE about a return.
Cody Rhodes Departs AEW
AEW is down a major family. Today, Cody Rhodes announced that he and his wife, Brandi Rhodes, have parted ways with AEW.
Both were members of the original group of wrestlers to sign with AEW about three years ago. Besides being wrestlers, they had backstage roles.
Both Rhodes and AEW commented in lengthy statements on social media.
— AEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH (@CodyRhodes) February 15, 2022
Thank you Cody and Brandi Rhodes pic.twitter.com/tkDvVpnrrE
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 15, 2022
During his entire stint, Cody was a babyface. He was never able to win the AEW World Championship and could not challenge because of a stipulation, but he was a three time TNT Champion.
Brandi did wrestle occasionally with her husband and they also feuded with others. She briefly went heel, but he group was disbanded and she also had a baby during that time.
As for Cody, fans have been wanting him to turn heel for months. Almost organically, they turned on him although he never followed through.
His feud with Malakai Black seemed to be the turning point. It is like when fans booed Triple H because of who he married.
Remember, Rhodes requested his release from WWE several years ago. At the time, he was not happy with the direction of his character and was granted the release after making the announcement public.
Still, he is a great wrestler and his family bleeds pro wrestling. Maybe, this time around, Cody can find himself in the main event picture.
Stardust and the mustache gimmicks were amusing, but they were never World Championship material. Now, Cody has a chance to became a bigger star in WWE.
Personally, I am not sure if AEW fans will be happy with the decision to depart.
Reaction To Cody Rhodes Leaving AEW
Huge developing news in the world of pro wrestling:
Cody Rhodes is leaving AEW, sources say.
And I’m told Rhodes and WWE are in fact talking about him returning to the organization in the near future, I’m told.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 15, 2022
Cody Rhodes has done some incredible work in AEW. I was really excited to see how the elements of his character played out there. I’ll never fault someone for making a choice they feel is better for them and their family, though. What an insane 24 hours.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) February 15, 2022
Cody Rhodes: The name on my new contract does say Khan, however it says NICK KHAN! https://t.co/FA5yxKREPy
— Public Enemies Podcast (@TheEnemiesPE3) February 15, 2022
The last 12 hours or so in wrestling have been worthy to say the least. Between the Stone Cold return rumors, which are 100% legit, and now the Cody Rhodes bomb… looks like we could be in for a wild ride here folks.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) February 15, 2022