Cody Rhodes discussed whether he’d encourage AEW stars to make the move to WWE and says he has an idea of who might want to make that transition.
Former AEW EVP Cody Rhodes made his return to WWE at WrestleMania 38 when he was revealed to be Seth Rollins’ mystery opponent. After defeating Rollins on the Grandest Stage Of Them All, Cody Rhodes addressed the crowd on Monday Night Raw and explained that the decision to return to WWE for the first time since his release in 2016 was not a difficult one.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, Cody Rhodes discussed whether he’s spoken to any AEW talent about following in his footsteps and making the move to WWE.
“I would only give somebody honest advice. That might be right for somebody. This was right for me. I don’t know when the first…I think I know who those people will be because there are certain people who fit this ‘superstar mode,’ I think I know how the types might be and when they ask, I’m going to give them the best advice I possibly can.
“I can say though, that the schedule here, at the least the schedule I had the first time, is not for the non-committed, you can’t be one foot. It is a full-time commitment. You’re not getting paid to work one day a week. That’s not knocking anybody who is. That might be the biggest shock and change. The structure here is positive. It’s a wonderful structure. It’s a little less punk rock, and punk rock is great, and then you want to play something else. That’s what I experienced.”
Cody Rhodes continued, saying that he has a good idea of some talent that may be interested in joining WWE in the future.
“When they start coming and talking, I’m sure people will make the transition. You’ll probably guess some of the people who will come over and, undoubtedly, people like Bryan (Danielson) and Adam Cole, people will make that move there.
“It is a healthy thing. It doesn’t seem healthy when you watch the show because all we’re doing is talking trash about each other, which I really hope nobody here does because it’s lazy, it’s lazy, and you’re discrediting what’s built and what got me. You’re discrediting me and you’re incorrect in the sense that it doesn’t matter.
“I’ll always give the best advice because this schedule is not for everybody. WWE made it, WWE and Nick Khan specifically made it so easy. There’s a bus, your family, your wife, your daughter, red carpet. With that red carpet means it’s time to get to work. I’m curious how I’ll do it, but I’ll never do it in terms of leveraging. I can only give honest advice because everyone’s path is different.”
Cody Rhodes also recently spoke about not wanting to return to a management position in wrestling.