Earlier this year, Cody Rhodes decided to leave All Elite Wrestling - of which he was one of the founders - to make his return to WWE. 'The American Nightmare' appeared at WrestleMania 38 to general amazement, immediately giving up the whim of beating an absolute champion like Seth Rollins.
In the next episode of Monday Night Raw, Cody expressed a desire to win a world title in the near future. His level of performance stunned fans and insiders alike, crowning him one of the best superstars around. As everyone knows, Rhodes injured his chest muscles just before Hell in a Cell, but that didn't stop him from getting into the ring and putting on a show.
In a recent interview with 'Wrestle Buddy', former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo analyzed Cody's prospects in detail.
New details on Cody Rhodes
“From a business standpoint, there is no doubt that Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE has been a success.
He himself earned a lot of extra money. I think he did very well for himself” - began Russo. “At the same time, I don't think Cody is capable of attracting the masses. Fans of hardcore wrestling especially love him, but he's not the kind of guy capable of attracting a mass audience” - he added.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley praised Rhodes for his bravery: “He got a lot of criticism when he decided to leave WWE in 2016. I think now people should admit it was the right choice. Cody was convinced he could do more and the facts proved him right.
Not everyone has that courage. He has managed to fully express his talent by performing in contexts that don't enjoy the same following as WWE. You just have to compliment him" Through a statement, WWE has announced that Rhodes will have to remain stationary for nine months.
One fan was blown away by Cody's performance upon rewatching it and wondered how he was able to get through the match. "The American Nightmare" responded to the fan's question by admitting that his own mother didn't believe that the injury was real: "My mom thought it was make-up until B called her and gave her the news."
Cody Rhodes made his return to WWE at WrestleMania 38 and has already established himself as one of the most important superstars on the roster. He very quickly became the face of RAW in a large portion of WWE's advertisements. He was also a favorite to win this year's Money in the Bank before his injury.