Cody Rhodes and his wife Brandi have left AEW, the company they helped found in 2019. AEW announced the news via their Twitter account.
“Cody and Brandi Rhodes were integral to the launch of All Elite Wrestling,” AEW President Tony Khan’s statement reads. “I have immense respect and appreciation for Cody and Brandi, and I wish them both the best as they move on from AEW. Thank you, Cody and Brandi!”
The news comes weeks after rumors began to circulate stating that Cody was working AEW shows without a contract. Just yesterday, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer claimed that WWE thinks they have “a good chance” of signing Cody, which would easily be the biggest move from AEW to WWE in history.
Of course, there remains the possibility that this is all an elaborate story. Cody has mentioned several times that he wants to take fans on a ride that is unlike anything they’ve experienced before, and this level of blurred lines between reality and kayfabe would certainly fit that bill.
If this truly is the end of Cody Rhodes’ time in AEW, it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.
UPDATE: Cody has issued a statement on his Twitter account, which has been transcribed below:
I have loved my time at AEW.
Amazing locker room. Amazing fans. Amazing people.
The “revolution” was indeed televised, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to be part of that.
First, I want to thank Tony Khan. He’s taken the baton and run with it, and it was an honor to work for him and to know him on a personal level. He’s a beautiful soul. Obviously need to thank my incredible wife and the mother of my baby girl, Brandi, for all of her love and support throughout this journey together and the amazing relationships she fostered with Kulture City and the American Heart Association. I also need to thank Nick and Matt Jackson (these two, whether they know it or not, took an undesired and not confident lil’ cub and gifted me the confidence to become a leader of the pack), Kenneth Omega, Chris Jericho, Chicken…we started the fire. I must thank Tim W/Keith M/Greg W and the amazing production crew who understood and captured the vision with such grace. I can’t name everybody, but thank you to Megha, Margaret, Harrington, Jeff Jones, Dana, Tony Schiavone, Bern, Raf, and the hardest worker in the game, QT Marshall, for propping me up and kicking me in the ass when I was running on fumes. I must thank all my kiddos… MJF, Jade, Sammy, Darby, Lee, Ricky, Tom, The Gunns, Brock, Velvet, Nyla, Aubrey, Turner, Vanilla, Solo, Spears, Julia, Anna, Will, Wardlow, Sonny, Fuego 1 and of course, -1. While we’re at it, give Jade the Codyvator! Also need to take a moment to thank the great partners at Warner Media including Brett, Sam and the rest of the team. I have so many milestones and beautiful memories of this renaissance..through sweat, blood, tears, literal fire, and all that../ left it all on the mat.
Everything pales in comparison to the final contribution I was empowered to lead at the company, the community outreach team. In the most inward moments, your outward behavior and your ability to take fame/influence and do something of value for the communities you visit (whether the cameras are on or off) is the highest honor. I am confident Amanda Huber will lead the department with style. I’m so proud of my creations and contributions and the items I supported or collaborated on with such wonderful professionals.
Thank you, fans.
Y’all did the work!
Let’s live forever.
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