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Cody Rhodes Confirms Why He Ultimately Left AEW

Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania

Almost four months following his leaving All Elite Wrestling, Cody Rhodes has finally confirmed the reason behind his departure from the company.

Confirmed officially on 15 February, Cody and Brandi Rhodes’ departure from All Elite Wrestling shocked the wrestling world. Though Fightful Select had reported the finer details of Cody working without a contract in his final few weeks, the Rhodes’ moving on from AEW was unfathomable.

As was expected, ‘The American Nightmare’ returned to WWE following a six-year absence. Cody Rhodes was revealed as Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins’ mystery opponent on night one of WrestleMania 38, ultimately defeating ‘The Visionary’ with a Cross Rhodes.

Why, exactly, the former AEW EVP decided to leave the company was an unknown fact until now. Cody Rhodes has responded to a now-deleted fan query on Twitter, quite simply stating that his departure from the promotion wasn’t personal; he simply deemed it time to go for “the big one”:

“Full stop: the money and creative story that misguided brudda put out there has already been rebuffed by all parties. I’m proud of my peers/kids there and my accomplishments as competitor/EVP. It was just personal and it was just time to go for the big one.”

During his time in the Tony Khan-helmed promotion, Cody Rhodes was a former three-time and inaugural TNT Champion. He enjoyed numerous high-profile matches during his time in the promotion, wrestling five-star classics with Dustin Rhodes and Sammy Guevara.

Since re-signing with WWE, the former Intercontinental Champion has immediately been positioned as a huge deal within the company. He’s currently featured in the advertising for WWE’s upcoming premium live events, with a scheduled Hell in a Cell match against Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins due for the titular event on 5 June.