Cody Rhodes, one of the founding wrestlers and a titular executive vice president of All Elite Wrestling, is leaving the promotion. All signs are pointing to a return to WWE.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, that Rhodes informed AEW CEO Tony Khan Tuesday morning that he was departing and that he did not have a non-compete clause in his contract.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp added that “word inside the wrestling world” was that Rhodes could be re-joining WWE.
“Cody and Brandi Rhodes were integral to the launch of All Elite Wrestling,” Khan said in a statement.
Cody’s ability combined with his boldness and his passion for our industry and his love for community outreach helped AEW deliver on our mission to give fans what they needed for far too long.
Khan added that he has “immense respect and appreciation” for both Cody and Brandi and sent them best wishes for what comes next.
Whether or not a deal has been formally finalized, WWE is far and away the most logical platform for Rhodes in the wrestling business.
Rhodes added his own statement: “I have loved my time at AEW. Amazing locker room. Amazing Fans. Amazing people. The ‘revolution’ was indeed televised, and I’ve been lucky to be a part of that.”
WWE to perform at promotions like Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling was the matchstick on the tinder of the bourgeoning global wrestling scene that ultimately led to the formation of AEW.
Rhodes and the Young Bucks were the first wrestlers publicly aligned with AEW, and they had dual roles as wrestlers with titles of executive vice president in the company.
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