AEW stars have come to the defence of Brandi Rhodes after it was reported that she wasn’t well like backstage in AEW.
On February 15th, Cody and Brandi Rhodes announced that they had left AEW. This was swiftly followed by huge amounts of speculation as to why the couple had decided to leave the company they had been with since it’s creation.
The pair also held significant roles backstage with Cody serving as Executive Vice President and Brandi as Chief Brand Officer.
Following the departures, a report claimed that Brandi wasn’t well liked backstage and was seen as “baggage” with regard to Cody. The report from Wade Keller of PWTorch, said that “Nobody had a nice thing to say” about the star.
“So I’ll just say this. It sounds mean but nobody has anything nice to say about Brandi Rhodes and her disposition or popularity behind the scenes and I’m not saying that with any personal satisfaction or preference for her to be liked or not liked. I’m just telling you when I talk to people, Brandi has not been seen as an asset on camera, in the ring, or behind the scenes. And so that ended up being baggage with Cody because people like Cody, pretty universally like Cody. Even people who say bad things about Cody like Cody if that makes sense.”
However, as the quotes began to make their way around social media, Red Velvet and Vickie Guerrero hit back in defence of Rhodes.
This is disappointing, a story breaks and the media knows all the facts! I can vouch for @TheBrandiRhodes she is professional & my friend over 10 yrs…she carries herself with integrity on and off the camera
— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) February 16, 2022
I think you have a lot to say, about someone Im sure you never even got to know personally! @TheBrandiRhodes is very professional and private. Just because she’s not out there involved in everyones drama doesn’t make her unpopular backstage. She as Cody had a big hand in helping
— Red Velvet (@Thee_Red_Velvet) February 16, 2022
The same report noted that Cody Rhodes wanted a contract worth a similar figure to the likes of Bryan Danielson and CM Punk.
Back in January it was reported that Cody Rhodes was working without a contract and was technically a free agent. The report explained that his deal with AEW had expired at the end of 2021.
Rhodes’ final match came on a special Beach Break edition of Dynamite where he was defeated by Sammy Guevara in a Ladder Match to determine the Undisputed TNT Champion. Cody Rhodes leaves AEW having never won the company’s World Championship, but as the only three-time TNT Champion in the promotion’s history.
H/t to wrestlingnews.co for the transcription.