Cody Rhodes has doubled down on his assertion that he won’t turn heel in AEW but says Tony Khan could overturn something else Rhodes agreed to.
Rhodes had been a beloved figure in AEW since the company’s inception as one of the figureheads of the promotion. Many believe AEW had its spiritual start at the All In event that was financed by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks that sold out the Sears Center in thirty minutes in 2018.
However, as with all things in life, things have started to change for Cody Rhodes in AEW ever since Malakai Black set foot in the company and in doing so set foot on The American Nightmare’s face.
Crowds have greeted Black positively while Rhodes has found himself on the receiving end of boos and jeers. With some expecting a heel turn in Rhodes’ future, the EVP has once again reiterated that he’d sooner walk away from wrestling in a conversation with Brian Jones of Pop Culture:
“This will disappoint so many and maybe it won’t, maybe this will excite, but two things I can guarantee you and I’m not saying this to wave one hand while you’re not looking at the other. I’m telling this from the most honest standpoint, I am not going to turn heel on this company. And I would retire before I did that. Now I’m the head of the community outreach group. I have a little girl now. I’m not going to be doing heel stuff on TV. I am not turning heel and I’m not going back on my word to challenge for the title. That stuff was real. It hurts.”
Cody Rhodes inserted a stipulation into his AEW World Championship match with Chris Jericho that if Rhodes could not defeat Le Champion, he’d never compete for the AEW World Title again. On that night, Rhodes was undone by his supposed friend MJF who threw the towel in while Rhodes was locked in the Walls of Jericho.
Rhodes says that’s a regret but has no intention of going back on the stipulation but adds AEW President Tony Khan can change that if he wants”
“It is a large regret that that ever happened, but it did happen and I can live with it. And I got to do that dance with Chris Jericho, and I will not go back on that stipulation, me personally. If Tony wanted to change things he could. And again, you can never say never in wrestling, but I do think there’s this idea that evil corporate need would turn the stipulation around and challenge for the world title, that I can say never will happen.”