Brandi Rhodes has explained if she has any ambitions to return to the ring one day following her and her husband Cody Rhodes leaving AEW.
Brandi Rhodes was one of the driving forces behind the formation of AEW alongside Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Tony Khan. She acted as the company’s Chief Brand Officer while also appearing on-screen as a competitor and manager.
Rhodes was meant to be a part of the big mixed tag team match in early 2021 that would have seen her team with The American Nightmare take on NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and Jade Cargill but her pregnancy put paid to those plans.
She did return to the ring following the birth of her daughter, Liberty Iris Runnels, on a handful of occasions before she and Cody Rhodes announced their departure from AEW in early 2022.
While Cody Rhodes returned to WWE, Brandi Rhodes did not, despite having worked previously as a ring announcer for the organisation under the name of Eden Stiles.
Speaking on the Ten Count podcast, Rhodes discussed the likelihood of her returning to the ring and admitted that it’s currently not at the forefront of her mind:
“I’m the one that’s very big in the family on not saying absolutes. As we know, my husband likes to say absolutes and then life happens. I’m not going to say absolutes, but I will say, right now, it’s not in my plan. I kind of did myself a good service in taking a beat.”
“My number one priority when everything happened and we left AEW, my number one priority was making sure my husband’s dream was realized. It’s been a dream in the making for him since he was four years old. It’s a good thing that we pressed forward and got to see this through. I was always on the back burner and working on other things.”
“I’ve got Shot of Brandi in the ether, I started doing this podcast. I have other things cooking in the non-wrestling world. In that period of time, I got to spend a lot of time with my daughter, I got to watch her develop in these unexpected ways and find these different things that she is thriving at and liking. I want to be part of that.”
“When I look at life in wrestling, there is the inevitable travel and it’s the choice you have to make that you travel with your child or not. If I were to travel with my child, I’m taking her away from some environments she’s used to. I won’t say ‘no,’ it’s not going to happen, but I will say right now, it’s not front of mind for me.”