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Dr. Britt Baker Says “Nobody Believed” Cody Rhodes Was Leaving AEW

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Former AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker DMD has discussed Cody Rhodes’ departure from AEW and says he was integral in her development on screen.

Cody Rhodes was part of the foundation of AEW and the company was rocked to its core when he and his wife Brandi announced that they were leaving in early 2022. Since then Cody Rhodes has returned to WWE, making his grand re-debut for the promotion at WrestleMania 38.

One AEW star that is sorry to see The American Nightmare go is Dr. Britt Baker. Speaking to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, Baker explained how there was an air of disbelief in the locker room when word spread that Rhodes could be going back to WWE:

“From the day he wasn’t at Dynamite anymore, up until the announcement officially got released, obviously, people were saying this and that backstage. Everyone was talking about it, but nobody believed it ‘cause it just seemed so crazy. Even me. I’m like, ‘Maybe, but no. There’s no way.'”

Britt Baker then explained when she unleashed her villainous side in AEW, Cody Rhodes was central to helping her make that transition:

“With that being said, Cody, I am so thankful and grateful that I got to work with him when I did. Because when I turned heel, he took me under his wing. I can kind of be more open about this now ‘cause we’re not in the action figure war anymore… Now we’re obviously not in the same company. The Britt vs. Cody mini-feud, issue, whatever, that’s all done.”

“When I first turned heel he really took me under his wing and helped me map out how to tell a promo or how to do a promo or how to come up with bullet points. I went to a lot of people for help. Tony Khan helped me so much. Chris Jericho, I used to call him and just on delivery alone—Chris Jericho is a big guy on ‘it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.’ I’d get help from there. But when it came to Cody, coming up with the actual structure of what I was gonna say, Cody was there. He would help me.”

“He would write a whole list of bullet points and I would get to twist it and turn it to how I would want to say it. But I can’t thank him enough. He was sitting in Gorilla every time I cut a promo or a match and would tell me how to fix something, what was good, what wasn’t. He was always on. You can fault Cody for many things, you can’t say he wasn’t honest and that he’s not passionate about professional wrestling. ‘Cause he is.”

Britt Baker adds that Cody Rhodes will be much missed in AEW but she hopes he is happy back in WWE – not that she thinks he was miserable in AEW:

“Everyone has their own path, their own journeys, and this is his. He’s definitely gonna be missed as a coach and as an agent in AEW. It was his home. He helped create it. We wish him the best and if you don’t want to be there, you don’t want to be there at the end of the day, too. Better that he’s happy than miserable, if he was miserable, or if he just wanted something different. That’s cool, too.”

“I don’t know that he was miserable. I don’t think so. If he was miserable, he did a great job of acting not miserable. Let’s just say that. But no, I think it’s maybe something different. Time to move on. Best of luck to him and thank you very much for all your promo help, all your character help, all your help in making Dr. Britt Baker DMD who she was.”

Cody Rhodes has recently discussed his return to WWE and addressed some of the rumours saying that he was originally meant to re-debut in AEW’s home base of Jacksonville rather than on The Grandest Stage Of Them All.