This week on the "Battleground" podcast, Wardlow commented on Cody Rhodes’ departure from AEW. The biggest story of the year for AEW has been the news that Cody Rhodes has agreed to part ways with the company he helped found.
Now it is being reported that the American Nightmare is closer than ever to joining WWE.
Wardlow reflects on Cody Rhodes
On Cody Rhodes' farewell, Wardlow revealed: "I'm surprised like everyone else. I woke up to see the news and I'm still very clueless about the situation.
I could talk about what happened for an hour straight or maybe more. But at the moment, without really knowing the facts, what I can only say is thank you. Brandi and Cody have invited me to their house several times, he has invited me to a school to check me out and he made my dreams.
I'll never have a bad word to say about Cody. I've never had anything but a good relationship with him. He made me realize my dreams. I will forever be indebted to him, thank him forever and be to him forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me because I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you if it weren't for him.
So, if all of this is like that now, it's thanks to him and so I wouldn't say anything but thank you. I wish him and his family the best in whatever they decide to do I wrote that doing what's best for him and his family is never a bad decision, no matter who makes it, so I wish them the best."
Then he wanted to talk about his favorite wrestlers starting out in wrestling: “Growing up I think it all started with Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect. Bret Hart was the first to make me fall in love with wrestling and then the second was Mr.
Perfect. Then there were Kevin Nash and The Rock. Then Jeff Hardy was great for a number of years. Then there were also Dave Batista and Brock Lesnar. When I started growing and training with weights, Brock and Batista were starting to explode.
I really liked them, they were really cool. When I looked at those guys I said 'That's what we're doing for now.' " Cody Rhodes had been working in AEW since December 2021 without an official contract, performing solely on a handshake agreement-style deal.
Rumors on the topic first emerged in early January, but the details were confirmed by Cody himself in a backstage interview after his acclaimed TNT Championship match with Sammy Guevara.