Backstage details on Cody Rhodes' return
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 592
2022 will also be remembered as the year of Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE. After a full six-year absence, 'The American Nightmare' appeared on Wrestlemania 38, stunned both fans and insiders. Nobody expected a similar move from Cody, who had been one of the founders of All Elite Wrestling in 2019.
Rhodes has unleashed a series of terrific performances against a star of the caliber of Seth Rollins, proving to the WWE Universe that he is one of the best talent around. At the very best moment of his career, bad luck knocked on his door.
In fact, the former AEW star suffered a tear in his pectoral muscle, which in any case did not stop him from entering the ring at Hell in a Cell. Rhodes's courage amazed everyone, but that effort made the situation even worse.
Cody has been out for several months and won't be back in the ring until 2023.
New details on Cody Rhodes
In the latest edition of 'Writing with Russo', former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo analyzed Cody Rhodes' prospects: "Cody will certainly participate in the royal brawl and I do not rule out that Royal Rumble 2023 may also host the sensational return by CM Punk in WWE.
The two of them would be the last survivors of the royal brawl and at that point anything could happen” - said Russo. Former WWE manager Jim Cornette had nice words for Cody: “He had guessed several months in advance how things would turn out in All Elite Wrestling.
He was finding it harder and harder to coexist with the other stars on the roster and realized he would have a brighter future in WWE. He made the right choice. I was very impressed with his maturation. When he was hired by Vince McMahon, he was just 21 and had no experience in this business.
He looked more like a Hollywood actor than a wrestler. The current Cody is much more aware of his own means." Last month, Dave Meltzer implied that a Royal Rumble return could be on the cards for Cody Rhodes, but the date could even be pushed to the Day 1 event.
“There’s no firm date for a return this early, and even when there is, I would expect it’ll be kept quiet for a surprise pop. Originally the idea of Rumble looked good. Perhaps Day 1 since it’s in Atlanta and he grew up and still lives there”.