Cody Rhodes shocked the wrestling world when AEW announced earlier today that Cody and his wife Brandi Rhodes were leaving the company. Cody and Brandi had been with Tony Khan’s promotion since the start. Cody once served as an EVP and Brandi was Chief Brand Officer.

Rumors of a strained relationship between Cody Rhodes and the other EVPs spread last year. Reports came out that Cody was essentially ostracized from Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. Rhodes was booked differently from the rest of the roster, which upset many fans.

Rhodes was working as a free agent on a handshake deal with AEW for some time. Cody and Brandi’s departure became official today. According to Fightful Select, WWE has already been in contact with Cody Rhodes.

“Shortly before the announcement, WWE officials were aware of the situation and also knew that an announcement would be dropped. We’ve heard that the two sides have at the least had discussions, but WWE was well aware that an announcement regarding Rhodes’ departure would be made at 10 am EST.

About 15 minutes before Cody’s announcement, word had also spread to AEW talent that he was leaving the company. Cody Rhodes and Brandi haven’t been quite as connected to the locker room in recent years as when AEW started, with word emerging that Cody had become distant from other EVPs.”

Fans have already begun their speculation about the future of Cody Rhodes and Brandi Rhodes. Many believe it’s a foregone conclusion that Cody will return to WWE. Time will tell, but the two sides have at least been in contact.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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