Cody Rhodes is no longer employed with AEW! WWE supposedly working on a deal.
According to PWTorch’s Wade Keller, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon intend to offer Cody Rhodes “a major match at WrestleMania” if he returns to the company.
According to Keller, McMahon sees Rhodes’ AEW leaving as “a big deal” and intends to address it as such in his most recent radio program.
“Cody and WWE haven’t confirmed it but Cody is going to WWE and he’s going to get a big push,” Keller said. “Vince McMahon is going to treat this as a big deal. Everybody I talked to thinks Vince loves the idea of acquiring a co-founder and EVP and, you know, main event wrestler. He just held their secondary singles title not that long ago, and having him show up on WWE TV is something that Vince is very interested in taking advantage of and making money on it. It could even be a situation where Cody is in a major match at WrestleMania.”
Rhodes is expected to appear at WrestleMania 38, according to Keller’s sources in both the AEW and WWE, who spoke to him for “four-plus hours.”
“I fully expect Cody to be on WrestleMania either as a wrestler or making his first appearance,” Keller said. “I don’t know if they can hold back on putting him on TV so I could even see him appearing on Raw or SmackDown next week. I’m not aware of there being any kind of non-compete at this point since he’s been a free agent for a while so Cody could appear. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s even some augmentation to the booking plans for WrestleMania perhaps related to the Elimination Chamber in order to set the stage for Cody to do something really big at WrestleMania.”
Keller continued, “I think Cody will get a big push, at least at first. You know, there’s different opinions on whether Vince is going to resent Cody for creating competition or admire Cody for his entrepreneurial spirit and being classy about it the whole way. You know, Paul Heyman, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett, they all competed with Vince [and] they all got jobs again. So, you know, we’ll, we’ll see how it goes. Vince saw Cody as a mid-carder. He saw Christian as a mid-carder. Christian went to Impact Wrestling and won a world title…He came back, he got a better push, but it wasn’t at the level of Edge, which is what, you know, Christian always wanted. He wanted to be at the Edge level.”
It has been largely believed that WWE is in negotiations with Cody Rhodes regarding a possible return. With no non-compete agreement in place with AEW, Rhodes may appear on WWE TV right now.