The road to WrestleMania could yet have one more twist as speculation has begun swirling suggesting that one top star could miss the event altogether.
It is expected that Cody Rhodes will make his triumphant WWE return at WrestleMania 38. The former TNT Champion has been linked with a return to the company ever since he announced that he had left AEW on February 15th.
This was followed by reports suggesting that Rhodes would be facing Seth Freakin’ Rollins in his first match back. In the weeks that have followed, fans have chanted Rhodes’ name on television and WWE have made numerous references to the 2nd generation star.
The final piece of the puzzle appeared to be confirmed on March 28th, when Rollins was finally given a match at WrestleMania. However, the it comes with the stipulation that he will be facing a mystery opponent of Vince McMahon’s choosing. This seemingly leaves the way clear for Rhodes to step up as Rollins’ challenger.
However, it has now been reported that some people close to Rhodes believe that he could be set to sensationally pull out of the event. Speaking to Denise Salcedo, Dave Meltzer noted that while all signs point to Rhodes wrestling, some within his camp don’t see this as a done deal.
“Depending on who it is, it better be somebody good because…everyone expects it and they kind of have to deliver it I suppose. If it’s not him, it’s his choosing, it’s not theirs. They believe it’s him. They believe that’s the guy. If for whatever reason he backs out because he’s going to back out, I don’t expect that to happen, but I know people close to him who do so what the hell. We’ll have to see how it plays out.”
Interesting tidbit from Dave Meltzer: While he believes Cody Rhodes will be at WrestleMania, he said people close to him are saying it’s possible that he will back out of it.
LMFAO, what is even going on with Cody? pic.twitter.com/dgkuRO17zJ
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Cody Rhodes began his wrestling career with WWE back in 2006, initially appearing in developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. After remaining in OVW for a little over a year, Rhodes made his main roster debut July 2007.
The second generation star remained with the company until May 22nd 2016, when he was released after asking to leave. Although Rhodes was a former Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion, he had grown frustrated with his role within WWE.
After leaving WWE, Rhodes went on something of a world tour, taking in the independent scene, while working for the likes of Ring of Honor, IMPACT Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. This eventually led him to the formation of AEW in January 2019, where he became one of four Executive Vice Presidents.
Rhodes left AEW a three-time TNT Champion.
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