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Tony Schiavone Discusses His Shock At Cody Rhodes Leaving AEW

Tony Schiavone

With the shock departure of Cody Rhodes from AEW now a week old, Tony Schiavone has commented on the situation.

It was announced just over a week ago that both Cody and Brandi Rhodes were to depart All Elite Wrestling, a promotion they had helped build from the ground up. Understandably, the news sent shockwaves through the wrestling world, but now Tony Schiavone, who Cody helped bring out of retirement, has spoken on the matter.

Currently serving as the play-by-play commentator for AEW, Tony Schiavone discussed the topic on a recent episode of his and Conrad Thompson’s podcast, What Happened When?, noting it as “absolutely ten” on a scale of one to ten of how shocked he was (h/t Fightful):

“Cody Rhodes, to me, was one of the faces of AEW, obviously was. As we know, Cody was the one that got me in touch with Tony Khan after you got me in touch with Cody and that’s why I signed. Of course, I’m very close to the family. We took many bus rides together to Jacksonville. I consider he and Brandi friends. We’re a better organization today because of them and I’d like to wish them both the best and thank them for what they’ve done for me.

They probably a major role in what AEW is. After you get over the shock of it, it’s wrestling, it happens. This is the first one that has left our company, but it’s one of the biggest names that has left our company, that’s why it’s the biggest shock. I’m very surprised. I hope he does well. Most feel he’s going to WWE. I haven’t seen anything with the exception of all these wacky websites that says he is.”

Tony Schiavone is a veteran wrestling announcer, with his CV spanning the then-World Wrestling Federation, Jim Crockett Promotions, and World Championship Wrestling, the latter of which saw him as a pivotal voice during the Monday Night Wars. WWE themselves admitted in 2013 that Schiavone was as vital to WCW during this time as Jim Ross was to them.

Other than one appearance for the now-IMPACT Wrestling in its early history and two years with Major League Wrestling, Tony Schiavone was deemed retired from wrestling announcing pre-AEW. Recently, he revealed a two-year extension to his contract, keeping him locked to the Tony Khan-helmed promotion until at least 2024.

Despite the wild speculation that Cody Rhodes will be returning to WWE imminently, “The American Nightmare” remains a free agent. His final AEW match aired on the 26 January Dynamite, where he lost a ladder match to Sammy Guevara to crown an undisputed TNT Champion.