Cody Rhodes departed from AEW back in February and fans were certainly blindsided by this. Prior to his exit, Rhodes was one of the highlights of AEW television. He was significant in AEW’s growth, especially during the first couple of years. Many saw him as someone talent needed to go through in order to come up, Sammy Guevara especially. If you ask the American Nightmare, it was never supposed to be that way.
Rhodes was almost always booed in AEW towards the end of his run in the company. Fans just wanted him to turn heel no matter what, but that never happened. Rhodes also does not want to change a thing about that.
While speaking on Broken Skull Sessions, Cody Rhodes talked about his departure from AEW. Rhodes stated that he simply did not want to be a gatekeeper in AEW.
“The bottom line is that, it was my baby, it’s growing up and people are having fun and it doesn’t need me. Why I thought, it didn’t need me…I’m not being totally honest, maybe it did need me, but here’s what I needed; I did not want to be a gatekeeper wrestler. I did not want to be, ‘This is Cody’s thing, AEW.’ Some people look at it that way, not everybody does. ‘First program, they wrestle Cody, then they do Chris (Jericho’s) podcast.’ There’s a whole meme about it. I didn’t want to be a gatekeeper.”
Cody Rhodes also previously stated that AEW wouldn’t exist without him. We’ll have to see whether he will be able to defeat Seth Rollins again at WrestleMania Backlash or not.
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