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Cody Rhodes Not Planning On Using Surname In AEW


After announcing the reclamation of his surname following AEW Dynamite last night, rumours have been rife as to whether Cody Rhodes may indeed use his full name in AEW going forward. Cody Rhodes is free to use his surname again since WWE cancelled its trademark on it, opening the door for Cody to own the rights to the name.

On the AEW Full Gear media call, Bill Pritchard of WrestleZone asked Cody Rhodes exactly that – and said he may have been slightly naive in making the announcement in front of a crowd.

“When I get the opportunity with the live crowd to send them home with some note, I always assume it’s confidential, which is the silliest thing when you’re talking to a live crowd with cameras everywhere. I’m very happy about being ‘Cody Rhodes’ again. The details of it all aren’t important. Other than it was a very positive, no hard feelings on either side type of scenario. I will say it’s not something I will probably use in the wrestling space.”

While Cody is happy to have his surname back, he stated that he probably won’t use it in All Elite Wrestling.

“I’ve gotten very used to ‘The American Nightmare Cody’. I like how Justin Roberts says it; I just like it. I’ve liked it for some time. Where I’m most excited about ‘Cody Rhodes’ being available again is when it comes to third-party ventures and things like Go BIG Show, the show I was part of that’s coming to TBS, and other projects like that only because in our wrestling bubble that we’re all in. Wwe’re all a family and we’re part of it, all of us, everyone knows the saga of Cody Rhodes. When you dip your toes into different waters and other worlds they might not understand and they don’t need that pre-existing equity or baggage, so it will be nice to finally tell them what they can credit on the screen and where the SAG credits can go and things of that nature. It was a very special day. I’m happy it worked out and I’m very thankful for everybody who was involved.”

H/T to WrestleZone for the transcription.

AEW Full Gear will be available live via Fite TV on Saturday, November 7th.