Cody Rhodes turned the pro wrestling world on its head when he decided to leave AEW and venture back to WWE. He had a ton of momentum, but then a pec injury went down and derailed those plans. Now, fans finally have a date when he will return. That being said, The American Nightmare isn’t 100% ready yet.

WWE announced on RAW last week that Cody Rhodes will be in the 2023 Royal Rumble match. He is also a favorite to win the big match, but he still needs to recover from his injury.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that despite the fact that Cody Rhodes’ Royal Rumble return was announced, Rhodes was not cleared for competition when WWE broke the news about his return.

Rhodes has been training in Orlando to get ready. We were told he was not cleared as of when his name was announced, but the fact it was announced tells me it’s just a formality.


Cody Rhodes suffered a torn pec muscle, but that didn’t stop him from taking part in a brutal Hell in a Cell match against Seth Rollins. After Rhodes won that match, he was off onto his rehab journey, and he wouldn’t return for months.

Interestingly enough, Cody Rhodes’ hiatus allowed him to skip a lot of WWE drama, with Vince McMahon retiring due to a hush money scandal. Now, he will return after McMahon already took his Chairman of the Board seat back. Of course, Triple H is now in charge of the company’s creative direction, so that’s a big difference too.

We’ll have to see how Cody Rhodes does in the 2023 Royal Rumble match. Obviously, fans are expecting that his 2023 will be a very good year.

What’s your take on Cody Rhodes’ WWE return? Sound off in the comments!

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