Cody was one of the top names in AEW prior to his departure from the Jacksonville-based promotion. The Son of a Plumber was instrumental in founding the company in 2019.

AEW President and CEO Tony Khan recently spoke to Sports Illustrated where he said that he lost a very prominent free agent in Cody, but is currently focusing on the company’s newest crop of talent in Samoa Joe and Toni Storm to name a few.

“I did lose a very prominent free agent, but we’re debuting one tonight in Samoa Joe. In the past 30 days, we’ve also debuted Toni Storm, who was incredible last week in her win against The Bunny, and Jeff Hardy, one of the biggest stars in wrestling. We have a lot of excitement happening here, and that’s our focus.”

Cody Rhodes left AEW in February. The American Nightmare returned to WWE this past Saturday at WrestleMania 38. Cody made it crystal clear that he wanted to win WWE’s top title during a promo this past Monday on RAW.


The former TNT champion previously admitted that his relationship with Khan changed drastically during the months leading up to his AEW exit as the two could no longer agree on things.

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Manik Aftab

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