Cody Rhodes Admits “I Knew I’d Be Back” In WWE

Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE was never in doubt.

The American Nightmare shocked the wrestling world in the spring of 2022, when it was announced that one of the founders of All Elite Wrestling would no longer be a part of the company.

Fans wouldn’t have to wait long to find out where Rhodes’ wrestling journey would take him next, as the former AEW star made a monumental return to WWE at WrestleMania 38, being revealed to be the mystery opponent for Seth Rollins.

The next 12 months would see the returning Superstar presented as a big deal from the outset, despite fears from fans that a returning star from a rival promotion could be creatively stifled. Rhodes would goon to defeat Rollins in 3 consecutive PLE matches, win the 2023 Royal Rumble and go on to face Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 39. Unfortunately for Rhodes, this was where he would suffer his first major loss, failing to dethrone the record setting reign of The Tribal Chief.

Speaking in the recently released documentary about the return, American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes, the WrestleMania main eventer detailed how he attempted to recreate the WWE environment backstage while preparing for the inaugural AEW event All In:

“It’s like I knew I’d be back. When we did All In, I remember telling them I want to have signs backstage to tell you where the rooms are, and I want to have catering, and we’re going over all this. I wanted to replicate a WWE event, or at least the production side of it. Maybe had I looked further in at that point, I would have realized that I was starting on a path even then to getting back.”

Is Cody Rhodes Competing At SummerSlam?

Looking to still finish the story and become a World Champion, Rhodes will have to defeat another former WWE Champion at SummerSlam. With one victory and one loss over Brock Lesnar, Rhodes looks to end the rivalry once and for all at the biggest party of the summer on August 5th.

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