The feud between Malakai Black and Cody Rhodes culminated in this past week’s episode of AEW Dynamite Homecoming. The two faced off against each other in the main event of the show, a match which Black won in definitive fashion.

In what was truly a one-sided match, Malakai Black laid waste to Cody Rhodes after Rhodes barely put up a fight. After the end of the match, Cody Rhodes seemingly teased his retirement.

However, just as Rhodes began to remove his boots, Black returned to the ring and hit Rhodes with a crutch. The show ended with AEW’s commentary team wondering if Black ended Cody’s career.

While speaking to Inside the Ropes Magazine, Cody Rhodes talked about retiring from in-ring action. Rhodes revealed that he initially considered retiring once he was 40, but the recent birth of his daughter has led to him considering he will compete for a longer time.


I hope I change my mind, too, because [my daughter] will be four years old by the time I retire, basically, and I don’t know if that’s good enough.

I need her to . . . Like, eight years old, I could have a good match and then I think she could be good with it. But it all depends on if my back holds up.”

Cody Rhodes is currently 36 years old, so he can still compete for four more years, but from the looks of it, Rhodes might be competing for a longer time. We will have to wait and see when Cody Rhodes will hang up his boots for good.

What’s your take on Cody retiring? Sound off in the comments!

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