Following the broadcast of AEW Dynamite Wednesday evening, an impassioned Cody took to the microphone in order to re-claim his last name of Rhodes.
Speaking of going to war with the empire and coming out on top, the AEW TNT Champion had this to say:
“You’re looking at the man, the superstar, who left the empire, went to war, and actually won. And that p****s a lot of people off, because the truth that I speak contradicts the lies that a lot of people live. As of this morning, I no longer just have one name. Whether Justin Roberts says it, or not. It feels really good to be Cody Rhodes, again!”
On the most recent edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer spoke on the subject of WWE surrendering the Cody Rhodes trademark and noted that there could have been some type of deal between the two parties.
This notion came after Cody recently dropped his filings for Slamboree and The Match Beyond, which belonged to WCW, which in turn was absorbed by Vince McMahon in 2001.
Dave Meltzer also noted that if no official deal had been done, then both parties could have traded trademarks under the radar with Cody dropping the aforementioned filings in return for his name:
“It looks that way. it looks like he gave up trying to get his WCW trademarks that he was trying to get because he’s such a fan of WCW.”
This would certainly seem the most logical choice as WWE have been surveying fans on whether or not they would like to see more old WCW pay-per-view concepts return in the wake of the hugely successful NXT Halloween Havoc.
Yesterday, Inside the Ropes reported that WWE had filed to cancel their trademark of Cody Rhodes.
Cody Rhodes will defend his AEW TNT Championship against Darby Allin at AEW Full Gear on Saturday November 7.
Inside the Ropes will have live coverage of AEW Full Gear.