Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall established The Nightmare Factory in 2020. The pro-wrestling training facility is continuing to train future AEW performers. Notable graduates include Aaron Solow and Lee Johnson.
Fans have speculated the future of the training facility now that Cody is in WWE. The American Nightmare made his triumphant return to the company this past Saturday at WrestleMania 38.
Cody took part in the post-Mania media scrum. The former AEW star made it clear that the factory will continue to operate. He also said that he’s fine with not visiting WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando because of his emotional ties to Dusty Rhodes.
“The Nightmare Factory will continue to operate and run. If I never walk into the Performance Center, I’d be happy because it’s a little too hard for me. That’s where [Dusty’s] office was. His boots are there. It’s a little too hard for me.
“Also, when I graduated OVW, my dad told me, ‘Never go back. You’re done.’ You can learn wrestling moves all day long at a wrestling school. No knock on that. You can learn flips, dives, and all these moves that are needed.
“The only way you really get the flow and connection is working in front of crowds. You can get the students to be your crowd, but it’s not really the same. I’m all in and committed.”
Cody opened the RAW after Mania with a passionate promo. He revealed that he returned to win WWE’s top title, an accolade that eluded his father Dusty Rhodes throughout his pro wrestling career. That being said, Cody has the WWWF Championship belt from 1977.
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