Cody Rhodes Claims “Narrative Changed” Around AEW Contributions

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Cody Rhodes will never root against AEW, even if some in the company have left him disappointed.

Back in 2019, Cody Rhodes was heavily involved in the creation of All Elite Wrestling. During his tenure with the company, Rhodes played a huge role in signing talent and served as an Executive Vice President.

However, just three years later, Cody and his wife Brandi shocked the wrestling world by leaving the company and the American Nightmare eventually landed back in WWE.

Cody has remained quiet on exactly why he decided to leave AEW, but recently admitted he was angry with how Brandi was treated by some when they left.

During an interview with Peter Rosenberg on Cheap Heat, Rhodes was asked whether he’s still rooting for AEW to succeed.

“The narrative changed a lot about my contributions to AEW. That was very disappointing. There were some people, I’m not going to say their names, they know who they were, who kind of tried to put some propaganda out when I left. There’s a quote in the Young Bucks book about how I was last to the signing. Me, Matt, and Nick are as close as ever.

So glad I had them in my career and my life. If we are being honest, AEW does not happen without me. It doesn’t. With that in mind, I could never root against them. It’s like having a kid and they go off to college and they get a DUI or they get in trouble. I’ll always have that in my heart for them.

It was certainly a wound that is more gaping and painful than people realize because now they look at the situation, ‘oh man, you’re on top of the world, you have everything.’ They don’t understand that I really gave everything I could. I did. I could never see a day where I was rooting against them.

From a completely outside-of-me perspective, my relationship to AEW, my friends, the kids I signed, and the people from my school.

From outside of that, it’s very important that they hang in there because if that were to go away, I don’t think anybody in the locker room has any clue of the financial repercussions that would have on the wrestling business. The trickle-down effect that would have on independent wrestling.

We’ve created a really comfortable environment in sports entertainment for men and women to feed their families and to do well and be treated on a level that their global penetration ask for. I would hate to see that bubble burst. That’s a random fear I have when they’re down or if they’re up or whatever it may be. I would never root against them, in any case.

That’s not always easy because random things said about you at press conferences, and that’s a big no no, you should never say me or my wife’s name, Tony should have told you that. I’ll never root against them, I really won’t.”

Is Cody Rhodes Injured?

During a match against Carmelo Hayes on SmackDown, Cody Rhodes landed awkwardly on his shoulder, sparking speculation he could be injured.

Thankfully, it’s been reported that Rhodes was simply selling during the match, and hasn’t been added to the injury list.

H/t to Fightful