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Eddie Kingston Reacts To Cody Rhodes’ AEW Departure

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Eddie Kingston has opened up on the departure from AEW of Cody Rhodes, who Kingston wrestled in his AEW debut.

Throughout Cody Rhodes’ TNT Championship open challenge in the summer of 2020, ‘The American Nightmare’ wrestled a varied schedule as each challenger brought a different style to the ring. None were more brutal than Eddie Kingston, who challenged for the championship in his AEW debut in a No Disqualifications contest.

Cody, along with his wife Brandi, officially departed the company last month after weeks of speculation as to what Rhodes’ next move would be. It had previously been reported by Fightful Select on 17 January that his contract with the company had expired, meaning that Rhodes worked his last few weeks there without an official deal in place.

In speaking to Inside The Ropes’ Kenny McIntosh, Eddie Kingston has revealed his reaction when he saw the news of Cody’s departure, viewing it as a ‘business is business’ situation:

“Erm, no, when I heard the news I said okay, cool. I understand that business is business, man, you know what I mean? I am a firm believer that if you are not happy somewhere then go somewhere else. Whatever he plans on doing, good for him, I wish him luck. I have no problems with Cody and I have never had any problems with Cody. I liked fighting him, you know what I mean?

But other than that, I had no problems with him. Whatever he wants to do, that’s his life. Everybody has their opinions, but at the end of the day, our opinions don’t matter with him. He has to do what is right for him, so if it feels like not being in AEW is right for him then hey, give up and do your thing, I’ve got to worry about me.”

Cody Rhodes would ultimately retain the TNT Championship over Eddie Kingston on the 22 July 2020 Dynamite episode, though not without sustaining a Powerbomb onto some thumbtacks towards the end of a nasty war.

Cody Rhodes was rumoured to be heading back to WWE almost immediately as his departure from the promotion was announced, though those talks have now reportedly fizzled out. With Tony Khan having now bought out Ring Of Honor with the intent of running it as an AEW developmental system, there is now real potential of Cody returning to ROH instead.

Eddie Kingston, meanwhile, now turns his attention towards facing Chris Jericho, another of Cody’s previous foes, at this weekend’s Revolution pay-per-view.