Cody Rhodes changed the wrestling business forever. From late 2016 up until around the beginning of 2020, Rhodes was the face of independent wrestling and pretty much any wrestling outside of the WWE. He was the face of the entire revolution that led to the creation of AEW.
Rhodes was granted his release from the WWE in early 2016. Following his release, Rhodes made a list of wrestlers he wanted to face which led to him having matches all over the world for a variety of different companies. Whether it was ROH, NJPW, or TNA, Cody wanted all the smoke.
The birth of AEW
Rhodes made some new friends and teamed up with some of independent wrestling’s biggest stars, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. In May of 2017, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer made a comment that was directed to Rhodes, the Bucks, and Omega basically saying that they couldn’t sell out an arena of 10,000 fans. Well, they took that personally and went on to do exactly that.
All In was an event put on by the Bucks and Rhodes in association with ROH in September of 2018. The event took place in Chicago at the Sears Centre arena. The estimated attendance was over 11,000 and the event was bought by over 50,000 fans. All In played a huge role in the creation/idea of beginning All Elite Wrestling.
Over his three years in AEW, Rhodes was a three-time TNT Champion and had some of the biggest matchups and rivalries in the company’s short history. Feuds with the likes of MJF, Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Malakai Black, and the late great Brodie Lee were highlights of his run in AEW.
In a crazy turn of events, Rhodes has re-signed with the WWE. Rhodes made his shocking return to the company at WrestleMania 38 night one as Seth Rollins mystery opponent.
Cody’s return at WrestleMania was one of the most unforgettable and special moments in recent memory. On the Raw after WrestleMania this past Monday, Rhodes made his intentions very clear. He is chasing gold. He stated that he wants to win the championship in his father’s honor as Dusty Rhodes never won the WWE Championship.
It has been said that Rhodes signed a huge multi-year contract with the WWE that also allows him to do projects outside of the company which is a big deal. Tomorow night on Monday Night Raw we will see the beginning of Rhodes first run back in the WWE as he will be facing The Miz.