Tony Khan Explains What Led To Cody Rhodes’ AEW Exit

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AEW President Tony Khan has opened up about the shocking departure of Cody Rhodes from AEW and says he would’ve loved to have reached a deal with the star.

The wrestling world was stunned when news broke that both Cody and Brandi Rhodes were on their way out of AEW. The Rhodes’ had been key players in the formation of the upstart company with Cody Rhodes named as one of four EVPs alongside The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega and Brandi Rhodes holding the title of Chief Brand Officer.

Speaking on a media call ahead of AEW Dynamite, Tony Khan discussed Cody Rhodes’ AEW departure and told Jason Powell of it became clear Rhodes was on his way out when they couldn’t agree to terms beyond what was on the option to renew on his deal:

“I don’t wanna get too deep into it because a lot it’s personal between me and [Cody] but I tried to reach a longer agreement with him beyond what we had for the option years and it sounded like at one point I think that we were going to honestly, and when we couldn’t settle on it, the last thing I wanna do is keep somebody here who isn’t gonna want to be here so it didn’t look like we were gonna get a longer deal done.”

“I would’ve loved to have done it and I have a lot of respect for him but when we didn’t come to terms on that it made it pretty clear where we were gonna end up on things. That being said, I said nothing but respectful stuff about Cody and I’ll continue to.”

AEW Dynamite emanates from the company’s home base of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida ahead of AEW’s first pay-per-view of the year, Revolution which takes place on March 6th.

The card for AEW Revolution can be found below:

  • Andrade El Idolo, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy vs Sammy Guevara, Sting & Darby Allin
  • Chris Jericho vs Eddie Kingston
  • Bryan Danielson vs Jon Moxley
  • CM Punk vs MJF – Dog Collar match
  • Keith Lee vs Wardlow vs Powerhouse Hobbs vs Rick Starks vs Orange Cassidy vs TBD – Face of the Revolution Ladder match for a future TNT Championship match
  • Jade Cargill (c) vs Tay Conti – TBS Championship match
  • Jurassic Express (c) vs reDRagon vs TBD – AEW World Tag Team Championship match
  • Dr. Britt Baker DMD (c) vs Thunder Rosa – AEW Women’s World Championship match
  • Hangman Adam Page (c) vs Adam Cole – AEW World Championship match

Watch AEW Revolution live on Fite TV everywhere outside of the United States – and Bleacher Report Live in the US – on Sunday, March 6th.