Cody Rhodes attained ownership of his last name after making a deal with WWE. He said that the last name would be used for projects outside of AEW, and he wouldn’t wrestle with his father’s last name in wrestling, but that wasn’t the case at Full Gear.
Cody defended the AEW TNT Title against Darby Allin at Full Gear. During the pre-match introductions, Justin Roberts really put everything he had into Cody’s. Then he announced the American Nightmare as “Cody Rhodes.”
Saying “Cody Rhodes” on AEW television got a big pop out of the Daily’s Place crowd. Jim Ross also called attention to the fact that they dropped Cody’s last name on AEW. We’ll have to see if he continues using it, but “Cody Rhodes” is back.