Cody Rhodes will always be his name, but that’s not what he goes by in the ring.
WWE claimed intellectual property on the name Cody Rhodes. Since he didn’t go as “Cody Rhodes” anywhere except for WWE. Now it looks like that might not be 100% the case.
During a teleconference to hype All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’s October 2nd debut, Cody Rhodes revealed that he can actually use his family’s last name. That being said, he still doesn’t plan on doing it.
“I can use it. I won’t use it though. That’s not everyone’s favorite answer, but I got the rub off that name plenty. The reason I don’t use it is this – this isn’t the romantic Game of Thrones answer that everyone wants, but the reason I don’t use it is, I got so used to being ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody in Japan, and I love that. I love the idea of trying my damnedest to get a single name over. I got the rub off of Dusty and my family long enough. I don’t mind not using it. You’ll see it every now and then, some people, they already know, so if it’s here, it’s here, if it’s not, it’s not. But by no means is WWE holding that name hostage, that is not a real thing. If I was to walk out tomorrow as Cody Rhodes and announced as Cody Rhodes, nobody’s gonna sue us, nobody’s coming after us. There’s a lot of respect between the families that are involved here. So, no. I just like using my first name.”
Fans thought it was interesting that Cody had “Rhodes” on his weight-belt when he revealed it the other day. He can go as a Rhodes, but he is going to continue doing his old thing.
It’s still nice to know that WWE isn’t holding Cody up from using his family’s last name and it is simply a personal choice now.
Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote