Eric Bischoff, former WCW President, recently spoke about why he believes Cody Rhodes left AEW. Cody Rhodes was one of AEW’s founders, so it came as a surprise for many fans and journalists that he left the company. On his podcast, Eric stated that he isn’t surprised that he left AEW.
He revealed that he was surprised when Cody left The WWE as he would have made a lot of money had he stayed with the company.
Eric Bischoff Talks About Why He Thinks Cody Rhodes Left AEW
“I’m not surprised, not nearly as surprised as everyone else is,” Bischoff said.
“And it’s not because I have any inside information, it’s not because I spoke to Cody, Cody and I text back and forth every couple of months. I was more surprised that Cody left WWE. You’re 30 years old, on the biggest stage in the world in your particular industry and yeah, you might be saddled with a character or gimmick that you don’t particularly like but you’re making damn good money.
You could probably retire in 5-10 years if you were smart, or less. But he was willing to walk away from that because he wasn’t satisfied”. According to Eric, Cody simply did not feel like AEW was headed in the direction that he originally thought the company would when he started the company alongside Tony Khan.
“I think Cody was probably sitting and looking at the landscape of where AEW was going and it didn’t coincide with the vision that he originally bought into and it wasn’t going to get him where he wanted to go and made a decision,” Eric Bischoff said.
“I’d bet a lot of money that Tony [Khan] offered up a pretty substantial sum of money that the average person walking the face of this country could retire on for like a year or two… but Cody made a decision that was different.
He made a decision that took a lot of guts and I can’t tell you how proud I am of him for putting his family first and putting his confidence on the line the way that he did. If he ends up in WWE, I’m relatively certain his future is very secure but it’s not even about the money.
It’s about staying true to yourself and doing what you feel is right for you and your family in the long term”.