Cody Rhodes
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Rhodes recently notes that a “personal issue” led him to leave All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the very promotion he founded.

A “Personal Issue” Led Cody Rhodes To Leave AEW

Not only did The American Nightmare help found AEW, but he was also once an Executive Vice President for the company. Still, he decided to leave All Elite in February 2022.

Shortly after, he participated in the WWE’s flagship annual event, WrestleMania 38. In his American Nightmare Peacock documentary, the WWE star comments on his decision to leave AEW.

He states it was because of a personal issue. He notes during the documentary that he has one request and that is not to edit it, in any capacity, even the current clip that is being shot.

Cody Rhodes
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He reveals that he didn’t leave AEW because of the money, or other talents, but it was because of a personal issue. Still, the American Nightmare goes on to say that leaving AEW meant going after the biggest and first dream he had in his life.

He Passed Up An AEW Dream Match

During a recent interview with Mathew Aguilar of Comic Book, he notes that the “end game” to his AEW heel run was having a match with Sting. While he got a great offer from Tony Khan in terms of creative and money, he notes it “wasn’t right” for him.

Cody Rhodes
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He goes on to say in this interview that he wanted to get back to the first goal which was winning the WWE Championship. This meant passing up a match with one of his heroes, Sting.

American Nightmare is currently streaming on Peacock. Meanwhile, the WWE superstar is gearing up for a major match this Saturday at the 2023 SummerSlam event when he faces The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.