Cody Rhodes has discussed his stunning WWE comeback and called his contract with the company “the most complex document” ever presented in the wrestling business.
Rhodes was one of the driving forces behind the formation of AEW along with Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and company president Tony Khan. The wrestling world’s jaw therefore collectively dropped in February 2022 when it was announced that Cody and his wife Brandi Rhodes were to leave the organisation.
Speculation began almost immediately that Cody Rhodes was set to make a shock return to WWE and that finally came to pass when he made his stunning re-debut for the company as Seth Rollins’ mystery opponent at WrestleMania 38.
Speaking to The Ringer, Cody Rhodes discussed his WWE contract and revealed the company provided a bus so his wife and young daughter could be with him at WrestleMania:
“I’m all in [with WWE], it may be the most complex document ever drawn out in the history of our game. This is a full multi-year commitment, not a part-time deal. I’m back doing what I used to, every day on the road. They were wonderful enough to get me a bus, so my family could be with me. I got everyone here with me tonight [for WrestleMania Saturday]. They bet on me, so I’m going to bet on WWE. I’m really looking forward to it.”
“Like The Undertaker said a couple of times in his [Hall of Fame] speech last night, perception is reality often in this industry. And the perception of me is all over the place. ‘Oh, he’s an egomaniac, he asked for all this money.’ It’s kind of fun to hear it, but in reality, I grew up here. I didn’t know what a contract was, I think I was 19 when I was in OVW. Now it’s a different story; it’s no longer, ‘this has to be a certain way.'”
Cody Rhodes added that he left AEW with respect and nobody should expect any AEW jokes to come from The American Nightmare:
“It’s more a case of me being one of the founding fathers of AEW, and I wanted to ensure that I left with the utmost respect. Nobody here is lazy enough to make AEW jokes or bingo hall references, or any of that, because I have nothing against them. It was time for me to move on.”