Cody Rhodes returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38, leaving fans and insiders alike speechless. Nobody expected to see him again in the Stamford company after six years of absence, especially considering that 'The American Nightmare' was one of the founders of All Elite Wrestling in 2019.
His relationship with Tony Khan had cracked and Cody decided to accept Vince McMahon's offer. The level of his performance amazed the WWE Universe, which recognized him as one of the best talents around. At the very best moment of his career, Rhodes tore his chest muscle on the eve of Hell in a Cell.
That injury didn't stop him from getting into the ring, but it required a long stop to avoid worse trouble. The 37-year-old from Marietta is still in the pits and a certain date has not yet been set for his return. Many wonder what plans WWE has in store for Cody Rhodes once he is fully healed.
What's next for Cody Rhodes?
According to 'Xero News', Cody Rhodes is expected to continue his feud with Seth Rollins next year. Rollins currently holds the United States Championship and will be called to defend it against Bobby Lashley and Austin Theory at Survivor Series: WarGames.
In the latest edition of the 'Cafe De Rene' podcast, former WWE star Rene Dupree analyzed Cody's parable: “When Rhodes came to WWE back in 2007, he had difficulty interacting with others and 'paid' the made to be a second generation wrestler.
When he was hired by Vince McMahon, he was just 21 and had no experience whatsoever. He looked more like a Hollywood actor than a wrestler. I approached him and told him that I would give him a hand in case of need. He replied with great distrust, it was as if he had been offended.
The current one is a much more mature Cody." Former WWE star EC3 thinks Cody Rhodes should have put over Damien Sandow during the former's short stint at IMPACT Wrestling. "Yeah, and Sandow is always down to do business, and I think something came about doing actual business, and, you know, you don't just come in somewhere to just get hot-shotted and leave on top.
It's like returning of favor, especially to someone who has been your long-time friend from the developmental days of OVW. Perhaps, you choose not to do that. Then what's the point? Thanks for wasting everybody's time," said EC3.