Following on from Cody Rhodes’ AEW departure, the backstage reaction within WWE has been revealed.
The inaugural and two-time AEW TNT Champion departed the Tony Khan-helmed promotion on Tuesday after he failed to come to an agreement for a new contract. Now, Fightful Select has come in with a new update, detailing the backstage reaction within WWE right now.
Overall, there’s a feeling of shock and excitement in the WWE locker room, with one unnamed WWE Superstar referring to the possibility of Rhodes returning to WWE as most interesting thing in the company in a long time:
“Regarding the WWE locker room, the prevailing belief is that Cody Rhodes fell out of power in AEW and wanted a significant raise, but it’s important to note that neither AEW officials or the Rhodes’ have mentioned that yet.. There was excitement and shock among those that we heard from, including several top stars in the company ready to welcome Cody Rhodes back to WWE with open arms.
One top name said that they think it will be great for fans, and considers it the most interesting thing in the company in a long time. Another pointed out that a lot of people on the WWE roster came up with Cody and spent a lot of time with him, and are excited at the idea of him returning. No members of the WWE roster have heard explicitly from WWE that he’s reached a deal as of yet.”
One other key aspect of the report is that Wednesday’s broadcast of Dynamite, as well as the tapings for Rampage, are said to have gone down as per usual, acting as a statement to say that professional wrestling is very much a life goes on situation. AEW isn’t expected to erase the history of Cody Rhodes within the promotion.
As of now, nothing has been made official, but Cody Rhodes is expected to re-sign with WWE, and it’s believed he could feasibly return as early as next week. This would mark Rhodes’ first appearance in a WWE ring since the 20 May 2016 broadcast of Superstars, where he lost to Zack Ryder under the Stardust alias.
“The American Nightmare” wrestled his final AEW match during the Beach Break edition of Dynamite, losing a critically-acclaimed Ladder match to Sammy Guevara. If he does indeed head back to WWE, it would mark the first AEW to WWE defection.
Inside The Ropes will continue to update the situation as it develops.