Recently, Cody Rhodes explained why he decided to return to WWE after leaving AEW.
With Tony Khan’s promotion in 2019, The American Nightmare signed a multi-year contract, becoming an Executive Vice President and on-screen talent.
When his contract expired in early 2022, Rhodes left AEW and returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38 last April.
During a recent interview with The Rich Eisen Show, Rhodes explained why he returned to AEW.
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“It felt like the block had been filled, right? The alternative company exists. They’re doing great. I’m super proud of everything we built, super proud of all of my kids who are over there who I recruited and hired. They’ve got a show that’s airing, a reality show that’s slightly spun off from what Brandi and I did and we were able to help that option move forward. So, it was just a matter of the block had been filled and I said this the night after I came back to WrestleMania last year, sometimes you find your destiny on the roads you take to avoid it,” he said.
According to him, he returned to Vince McMahon’s promotion in order to fulfill his dream of becoming world champion.
“And I took a lot of roads all around to come back to the thing I wanted the most at eight years old was the WWWF Championship at the time, which was the title my dad never held. I’d be the one in the family to ever get it and that is the title now that Roman Reigns has under the name the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship. And it just made all the sense in the world when I came back. No hard feelings. Left on great terms,” Rhodes added.
Roman Reigns will face Cody Rhodes at WWE WrestleMania 39
After returning to the Stamford-based company last year, Cody Rhodes suffered a legitimate injury that sidelined him for nearly seven months.
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The American Nightmare returned to in-ring action last January, winning the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match and earning a spot in WrestleMania 39’s main event.
At this year’s Show of Shows, the 37-year-old will face Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.