Cody Rhodes Says He Didn’t Consider AEW Return Before Re-Signing With WWE

Cody Rhodes never considered going back to AEW prior to re-signing with WWE.

Cody Rhodes helped found AEW and laid the groundwork for what the promotion would become but when he left the promotion to return to WWE at WrestleMania 38 in 2022, he knew he needed to finish his story and achieve his lifelong dream of becoming WWE Champion.

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Cody Rhodes signed a new WWE contract in 2024 and when asked by Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour if he ever considered returning to AEW instead, Cody declined because he still has yet to finish his story.

On top of that, he's finally in the position he's always wanted to be in as the top babyface in WWE.

"No. No, it’s not in any way a negative towards them, it just, I know I didn’t win the title at WrestleMania 39, but I was in the spot I always dreamed of, and I know how lucky I am to be in this spot," Cody said. "When I see a poster and there I am front and center amongst other unbelievably talented people. When I see the 2K24 cover. When I see the responsibility. They didn’t hand me the exact ball and say, ‘You’re the quarterback,’ but they certainly gave me a lot of responsibility. I feel it would have been against my being because I was slotted there, you helped put me there, and now I’m making something of it and growing it beyond what you thought it could be. I wanted to keep doing that for them. It just didn’t cross my mind. Not in a negative towards any other places. This is what I’ve enjoyed doing."

Cody Rhodes has always maintained that he has a strong relationship with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega to this day. Matthew and Nicholas Jackson recently commented on their relationship with Cody Rhodes being stronger now that they are in separate companies. Read their comments here.

Cody Rhodes knows he needs to finish the story at WrestleMania 40 or risk losing the fans' trust. Read his comments here.

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