Cody Rhodes has gone to social media to make it clear that he didn’t leave AEW because of The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega or CM Punk.
It was a big moment at WrestleMania 38 in April 2022 when Cody Rhodes made his WWE return after six years away. There were plenty of rumors that Cody was coming back, but until he was back in a WWE ring to face Seth “Freakin” Rollins, you just didn’t know for sure. Plus, Cody was an Executive Vice President in AEW, which led to fans wondering why he would leave in the first place.
When AEW launched in January 2019, Cody was one of the Executive Vice Presidents of the company along with The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) and Kenny Omega, who joined after he became a free agent. Those four men produced the very successful All In pay-per-view in September 2018, which is really what helped lead to Tony Khan starting AEW a few months later.
On Twitter, Cody responded to a fan tweet replying to a photo of Cody, the Youngs and Omega asking why did Cody leave? Cody replied to that.
“I didn’t leave because of the Bucks/Kenny. I’m forever bonded to those men over what we created and I remain very proud of it, and I didn’t leave because of/or have issues with Punk. We got along. Not money, not booking, just a personal issue and my wanting to go for the big one.”
I didn’t leave because of the Bucks/Kenny. I’m forever bonded to those men over what we created and I remain very proud of it, and I didn’t leave because of/or have issues with Punk. We got along. Not money, not booking, just a personal issue and my wanting to go for the big one.
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) October 29, 2022
What Cody is referring to as “the big one” is his desire to become the WWE Champion, which is something that he mentioned on Raw in April when he returned to WWE. Cody wants to win that title to add it to his family’s legacy since his legendary father Dusty Rhodes didn’t win that title, but Dusty was an NWA World Champion in his career.
The Young Bucks Twitter account also posted the photo as a quote tweet responding to what Cody wrote.
— Young Bucks® (@youngbucks) October 29, 2022
Cody is currently out of action from WWE due to surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle after the June 2022 Hell in a Cell event. He is likely going to return to the ring either later this year or possibly in early 2023.