Cody Rhodes and Brandi have announced that they are leaving AEW after three years, with reports circulating that Cody could be heading back to WWE.
In a development that has taken the wrestling world by surprise, AEW President Tony Khan today issued a statement on social media confirming that both Cody Rhodes and Brandi are departing from AEW.
“Cody and Brandi Rhodes were integral to the launch of All Elite Wrestling.”
“Cody’s ability combined with his boldness and his passion for our industry and his love for community outreach helped AEW deliver on our mission to give fans what they needed for far too long – something new, innovative, and lasting.”
“Brandi helped us shape the AEW story and I appreciate how hard she fought for us both in the ring and out of the ring, competing in the women’s division as well as advancing our efforts at inclusion and civic causes including great partnerships with Kulture City and the American Heart Association.”
“I have immense respect and appreciation for Cody and Brandi, and I wish them both the best as they move on from AEW. Thank you Cody and Brandi!”
The Executive Vice President and Chief Branding Officer issued their own statements on the move, giving thanks to fans and everyone in AEW.
— AEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH (@CodyRhodes) February 15, 2022
Thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mvs1lJS0UO
— Brandi Rhodes (@TheBrandiRhodes) February 15, 2022
Cody Rhodes first revealed that he was technically a free agent following a recent ladder match against Sammy Guevara, The former TNT Champion mentioned that he was working on a handshake deal during a backstage interview that aired on AEW’s YouTube channel.
“It’s paradise, right? There are so many elephants in the room. This is an insane week in wrestling. People think that the Sean Ross story is BS, it’s not. I’m working here without a contract. I’m not even on payroll anymore. I’m working here on a handshake deal. That is 100% legitimate, I swear on Pharaoh’s life.”
Soon after the news broke, Andrew Zarian reported that Rhodes could be in line for a shock return to WWE.
“I can confirm that Cody’s camp has been in contact with WWE officials.”
Wrestlevotes also confirmed they had spoken to a source who believes WWE and Cody will come to an agreement.
Spoke to a source just now that fully anticipates WWE coming to an agreement with Cody Rhodes. Unbelievable.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) February 15, 2022
Cody Rhodes worked for WWE from 2007 to 2016 and held both the WWE Tag Team Championship and the Intercontinental Championship.
After he left WWE, Rhodes wrestled for Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling as a member of Bullet Club, where he first aligned himself with The Young Bucks, Hangman Adam Page, and Kenny Omega who later joined him in AEW.