Cody Rhodes’ Interest in WWE Return Predated AEW, According to Jim Cornette

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According to Jim Cornette, Cody Rhodes may have always eyed an eventual return to WWE to “finish the story,” long before AEW was even conceptualized.

On a recent edition of his “Drive-Thru” podcast, Cornette reviewed the Peacock Original documentary, ‘American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes.’


While discussing the documentary, Cornette speculated as to why Cody Rhodes took himself out of contention for the AEW World Championship during the early days in the promotion. He said,

“It makes perfect sense why he took himself out of the AEW title picture at the start of the company. A lot of people were always saying ‘he’s not going to book himself on top.’ He didn’t want to win any kind of world title on any kind of mainstream television so as not to blunt the angle that he’s obviously had in his mind for the WWE: ‘To win the belt they stole from my daddy in the [Madison Square] Garden’ before AEW even started.”

Notably, Rhodes challenged Le Champion, Chris Jericho, for the title at Full Gear 2019, with the stipulation that if Cody were to lose, he’d never challenge for the title again.

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Cody Rhodes’ Potential Return to WWE Explored by Jim Cornette

In a recent episode of his “Drive-Thru” podcast, wrestling personality Jim Cornette discussed the Peacock Original documentary, ‘American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes,’ and speculated on Cody Rhodes’ potential return to WWE.

Cornette suggested that Rhodes may have always had his sights set on an eventual return to WWE to “finish the story,” even before the formation of All Elite Wrestling (AEW). This theory arose from Rhodes’ decision to remove himself from contention for the AEW World Championship during the early days of the promotion.

Many fans and critics had questioned why Rhodes, one of the founders of AEW, would not book himself as the top champion in the company. Cornette believes that Rhodes intentionally avoided winning any world titles on mainstream television to preserve a future storyline in WWE. According to Cornette, Rhodes had a long-term angle in mind: to win back the belt that was taken from his father, Dusty Rhodes, at Madison Square Garden.

Notably, Rhodes challenged Chris Jericho, also known as Le Champion, for the AEW World Championship at Full Gear 2019. The stipulation of the match was that if Rhodes lost, he would never challenge for the title again. This further supports Cornette’s theory that Rhodes was strategically positioning himself for a future return to WWE.

The documentary, ‘American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes,’ provides an in-depth look into Rhodes’ journey from his time in WWE as Stardust to his decision to leave and help create AEW. It explores his motivations, struggles, and aspirations as he carved his own path in the wrestling industry.

While Cornette’s speculation adds an interesting layer to Rhodes’ career trajectory, it is important to note that it remains speculative at this point. Rhodes has not publicly confirmed or denied any intentions of returning to WWE in the future.

As wrestling fans, we can only wait and see how Rhodes’ career unfolds and whether his path will eventually lead him back to WWE. In the meantime, fans can stay updated on all wrestling news on or follow their Twitter and Facebook pages for the latest updates.