‘Cody Rhodes’ Makes His AEW Debut
As of AEW Full Gear, “Cody Rhodes” is officially a part of All Elite Wrestling.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) November 8, 2020
While Rhodes has been a founding member of the organization and the current AEW TNT Champion, he had previously only went as “Cody,” and under the “American Nightmare” moniker. However, after WWE gave up on the trademark recently, Rhodes was able to use his name in AEW legally.
Ever the worker, Rhodes previously told WrestleZone that he wouldn’t use the name in AEW despite being able to.
“I’ve gotten very used to ‘The American Nightmare Cody,'” said Rhodes. “I like how Justin Roberts says it; I just like it. I’ve liked it for some time. Where I’m most excited about ‘Cody Rhodes’ being available again is when it comes to third-party ventures and things like Go BIG Show, the show I was part of that’s coming to TBS, and other projects like that only because in our wrestling bubble that we’re all in. We’re all a family and we’re part of it, all of us, everyone knows the saga of Cody Rhodes. When you dip your toes into different waters and other worlds they might not understand and they don’t need that pre-existing equity or baggage, so it will be nice to finally tell them what they can credit on the screen and where the SAG credits can go and things of that nature. It was a very special day. I’m happy it worked out and I’m very thankful for everybody who was involved.”