It’s official… Cody Rhodes has left All Elite Wrestling (AEW). With Rhodes’ shocking AEW exit, the question remains: Will Cody Rhodes return to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)? Multiple websites are reporting that Rhodes is in fact in talks with WWE. It’s also been said that he may begin filming promos for WWE sooner than later.
According to an article published on February 16 by Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, “Rhodes is no longer under contract to AEW. He is a free agent, and sources close to the situation have confirmed that his next destination will be back where his career started in WWE.”
There’s also been a lot of speculation as to why Cody Rhodes left AEW. One website reported that Rhodes fell out of power and influence with bookings. Others have suggested that Rhodes wanted a lot more money than AEW was offering. Rhodes’ real life wife, Brandi, has also left AEW but it’s being reported that she won’t be signing with WWE.
Cody Rhodes’ Wrestling History
Rhodes, who is the son of wrestler Dusty Rhodes and half-brother of professional wrestler Dustin Rhodes, left WWE in May 2016 after he requested his release. Before signing with WWE, Cody was an amateur wrestler and became a two-time Georgia state champion. He joined WWE in 2006 but was initially assigned to the company’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). After becoming a Triple Crown Champion in OVW, Rhodes was promoted to WWE’s main roster in 2007.
Cody Rhodes performed under his real name and later under the gimmick of Stardust. During his career with WWE, Rhodes became a two-time Intercontinental Champion and was a tag team wrestler, winning six tag team championships (three World Tag Team Championships and three WWE Tag Team Championships) with four separate tag team partners.
After leaving WWE, Cody Rhodes co-founded All Elite Wrestling and he is the inaugural and record three-time AEW TNT Champion. He also served as AEW’s executive vice president.