In February of last year, Cody Rhodes surprised fans with a sudden departure from AEW, where he had been a standout performer known for his captivating performances that helped elevate other wrestlers. Despite the passage of several months, the reasons behind his exit remain a topic of intrigue among fans who continue to discuss it to this day. Rhodes’ departure left a void in AEW programming, and many are still curious about the circumstances of his exit from the organization.

During the latter part of his tenure with AEW, Cody Rhodes faced frequent booing from fans who were hoping to see him turn heel. However, despite these desires from the audience, Rhodes did not change his stance and remained a face character until his departure from the company. Interestingly, Rhodes has since stated that he has no regrets about this decision and would not change anything about his character’s portrayal. Despite the mixed reaction from fans, Rhodes maintained his dedication to his character’s principles and stayed true to his beliefs until the very end of his run with AEW.

The American Nightmare has been booked like an absolute star since his return at WrestleMania 38 last year. In fact, he is already a main event-level star and is set to main event this year’s WrestleMania as well. Even during his injury hiatus, WWE still hyped his recovery process.

While speaking on the Arn podcast, Arn Anderson, who worked with Rhodes, stated that there are no hard feelings between Rhodes and AEW President Tony Khan.


“Best luck to Cody. I think Tony Khan has no ill will towards Cody or vice versa. It’s just one of those things that happens.”

Cody Rhodes is set to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 39. We will have to wait and see whether Rhodes can win the match. It is likely that the match will take place on Night Two of the event, which will serve as a fitting end for the Show of Shows.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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