Cody Rhodes helped out AEW in a huge way, being one of the biggest stars during the first year in the company. He also had solid runs as the TNT Champion, putting over talents such as MJF, Darby Allin and many more. Rhodes also opened up about his relationship with Tony Khan towards the end of his AEW run.
After Cody and Brandi Rhodes left AEW back in February, a lot of discussions were had about his next pro wrestling destination. With WWE being the most choice, that is what happened in the end.
While speaking to BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani, Cody Rhodes talked about his relationship with Tony Khan. Rhodes admitted that he felt he and Tony Khan were drifting part.
“Unfortunately I can’t comment on the personal matter itself but it really just came down, Tony Khan who I have genuine respect for and I hope history is really kind too because he bank rolled the entire grassroots movement that was starting in ROH and then All In happened and of course AEW happened and then he was able to buy that footage back, I felt like we were drifting apar. Had I asked him for this, that was a story that I saw, I asked him for something and I didn’t get it. Had I asked him, he’s the type of man that he would’ve given it to me. It just genuinely felt that it was time, can’t comment on the personal nature of it but there was nothing nefarious or scandalous, we just couldn’t’ agree.
Nothing but respect for him and his family, the infrastructure [in AEW]. I put on the bus, I have a watch collection that I just started and the first nice watch I ever got was from him. I gave him one last year as a return gift and I thought do I not pack this chapter over and I packed it because it’s never over. Part of who I am is from those 10 years [in WWE] and those last 6 [in ROH/NJPW/AEW]. I don’t know if he’ll ever share really what ultimately what went down but it was nothing crazy, just a rather easy decision. Hard, and hard to explain, hard to explain to the fans which we didn’t and hard to explain to the talent because one week I was there and then the next week Ricky Starks and QT [Marshall] are bringing in bags, getting all my stuff out of the box making the biggest scene they possibly could instead of being as discrete as they possibly could as I asked them too and then [snap] I was gone.
Cody Rhodes also stated that he will give honest advice to AEW wrestlers who want to join WWE. We’ll have to see how his WWE tenure will turn out to be this time around.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes
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