Cody Rhodes was a significant part of AEW for a long time, ever since the company’s inception in 2019. He helped put over numerous talent during his time in the company. Paul Heyman also shared his theory on why Cody Rhodes left AEW.

Rhodes and his wife Brandi ended up parting ways with AEW last month. For a long time after that, fans simply wondered where Cody Rhodes would end up now.

While speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour podcast, Paul Heyman talked about Cody Rhodes’ departure from AEW. Heyman believed that it ultimately came down to Rhodes no longer having the creative input he wanted in AEW.

“He’s one of the founders of the company, a lot of it is his concept, a lot of the initial phase was on him, and Cody always had a vision to fill the boots of his father, not just in the ring but behind the scenes.


“And the fact that he didn’t have the level of participation in decision making that he initially probably thought — this is speculation on my end, I never heard this from Cody, but just seeing the manner in which the creative end of that company grew — it doesn’t surprise me that at some point he was going to say, ‘Not what I originally envisioned and I want to see what life is like elsewhere.’

So when a founder of a company whose initial vision it was, or part of it was, leaves — that’s always surprising. Knowing what I know, and that’s admittedly very little of the circumstances, not so surprised

Cody Rhodes very like to appear at WrestleMania 38, where he’ll square off against Seth Rollins. It remains to be seen how The American Nightmare will do in WWE this time around.

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