Cody Rhodes Believes WWE Return Was “Far Bigger Gamble” Than All In Was

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When it comes to career moves, Cody Rhodes believes going back to WWE was a “far bigger gamble” than running the “All In” show was.

On September 1st, 2018, there was an independent wrestling show called All In that took place at the Sears Center in Chicago in front of 10,000+ fans. The show was financed by Cody Rhodes and his good friends The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson).

Since All In was a huge success, it would lead to billionaire Tony Khan starting a wrestling promotion called All Elite Wrestling in January 2019 with Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega as Executive Vice Presidents in the company. They also signed Chris Jericho to a long-term deal and Jon Moxley left WWE to debut in AEW in May 2019 as well. AEW even runs an annual PPV event during Labor Day weekend called All Out as something of a “tribute” to All In as well.

After spending three years in AEW, Cody Rhodes’ contract expired. Rather than stay in the company, he decided to talk to his former employer WWE. That’s where Cody worked from 2006 (when he was just 21 years old) to 2016 before feeling like he had to leave the company to try something else.

This Sunday, April 2nd, Cody Rhodes will have the biggest match of his life in the main event of WrestleMania 39 when he challenges Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

It was one year ago at WrestleMania 38 made his triumphant return to WWE when he was the mystery opponent for Seth “Freakin” Rollins. Cody won that match and beat Rollins two more times before being on the sidelines for seven months due to a torn triceps.

At the Royal Rumble in January, Cody made another spectacular return (this time from a long injury layoff) to win that match leading to this championship opportunity against Reigns.

In an interview with the AP (Associated Press) News, Cody explained how coming back to WWE was a far bigger gamble than running the All In pay-per-view.

“Life is splendid. When I left my former gig to come back to WWE, it was a far bigger gamble than ‘All In’ ever was. That’s why I get these ‘All In’ vibes when I think about WrestleMania because I certainly could have been the laughingstock of the industry. And going into the biggest event ever involved in the wrestling ring from any measurable standpoint is one part of life being great, blessed and lucky.”

“The other part is I have my family in terms of Brandi (his wife) and Liberty (his daughter), for them to come to this and experience this knowing that it wasn’t a life wasted. Every sacrifice I’ve made, early morning gym trip, times I wasn’t able to be home or won’t be able to be home, it’s not a life wasted in what we do and that makes this run just all the sweetest.”

Recently, Cody Rhodes also addressed Roman Reigns criticizing him on last week’s Raw by saying that Cody “runs away” when things don’t go his way in pro wrestling.

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