Backstage Notes on Cody Rhodes Leaving AEW & Possibility of Coming Back to WWE

— Despite previous rumors, Cody Rhodes dropped a bombshell on the wrestling world this morning announcing that he is leaving AEW. Multiple sources report that Rhodes has been wrestling without a contract for at least the last couple of months and was negotiating a big money contract with AEW to stay. Obviously they couldn’t come to terms and Rhodes and wife Brandi are departing the company that they helped build.

— Sources also report that WWE has at least some interest in bringing back Cody and the feeling seems to be mutual as not only has there been backstage chatter that Rhodes might be headed back, but there is also a feeling that the two sides have at the very least engaged in some preliminary discussions. Approximately 15 minutes prior to the announcement this morning, AEW talent became aware that Rhodes would not be back. reports that Cody and Brandi have become more disconnected with the AEW locker room compared to how the environment was back when AEW was launched and Cody had reportedly become more distant with the other EVPs in the company.

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