In the ever-dynamic world of professional wrestling, speculations and surprises are par for the course. Recently, wrestling veteran Jim Cornette, renowned for his unfiltered insights, discussed the possibility of Cody Rhodes making a return to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after his stint with WWE following WrestleMania 38.
Cody Rhodes, since his unexpected return to WWE, has skyrocketed to become one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling today. However, prior to his return, many believed that Rhodes, as one of the co-founders and Executive Vice Presidents (EVPs) of AEW, would remain loyal to the Tony Khan-led company.
Rhodes’ Departure and AEW’s Challenges
Following The American Nightmare’s departure, AEW faced its fair share of backstage challenges, including rumors of CM Punk’s alleged altercation with The Elite after last year’s All Out event. On a recent episode of his podcast, Cornette delved into why top talents like Cody Rhodes might contemplate rejoining AEW, especially in the wake of CM Punk’s exit.
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“The guys who are in the prime of their careers, the Cody’s who already left, any young talent from the WWE that’s been used in any fashion, that has any kind of name, that has any kind of future in wrestling, that could be potentially a draw for AEW, they don’t want to go there, because [of] the Buckaroos [Young Bucks] and I don’t know if Kenny [Omega] is even in on this.”
He continued, “But the Buckaroos and the Hangnail [‘Hangman’ Adam Page], if you’re a bigger star than they are, if you’re a better talent than they are, if you’re more serious wrestler than they are, they don’t want you around, ’cause they don’t want anybody bringing any level of professionalism into that godda*n daycare center.”
Cody Rhodes’ Perspective on Leaving AEW
Cody Rhodes’ departure from AEW last February raised eyebrows within the wrestling community. In an interview, he shed light on the decision, emphasizing its simplicity.
“No, it was the easiest thing I ever did. And it’s because I had a personal issue that I wasn’t going through, over, or around. I was just going to steer clear of it. So I mean it not in a negative way, like I was happy to burn rubber and speed out, but it just wasn’t a decision that was difficult for me at all.”
As the wrestling world continues to evolve, the question of whether Cody Rhodes might consider a return to AEW remains a captivating topic of discussion.