It’s official former AEW EVP Cody Rhodes has signed with WWE.
We previously reported on WWE’s big final contract offer to Cody Rhodes (read below) as he was still undecided. The deal included multi millions, strong in-ring character plans, WWE Championship title reigns and Hollywood/reality tv opportunities.
This massive contract offer was enough to push Cody Rhodes over the edge and now Cody Rhodes has signed on the dotted line and is ready to return to the WWE Universe and by WrestleMania 38.
His first program is to be with Seth Rollins and will re-introduce Cody Rhodes to the WWE Universe with much more edgier style than the previous Stardust character.
WWE and Vince McMahon have made it clear that his character will be booked strong against the biggest WWE SuperStars.
WWE United States and Intercontinental Championships are in the plans for Cody Rhodes and WWE Championships (Universal/Unified) have also been discussed to take place at later dates likely in 2023.
AEW officials are not entirely stunned by this move due to Cody Rhodes seemingly unhappy with his character progression leading up to his departure from AEW. Another huge deciding factor was Cody feeling “unappreciated” but the AEW fans after all the hard work and investment he did to get AEW up and running.
WWE had plans to debut Cody Rhodes at the RAW episode in Jacksonville, FL but with the Scott Hall passing many higher ups in WWE did not feel it was right for a “Shocking Debut” to overshadow the memory of Scott Hall.
Cody Rhodes returning to WWE is going to be a major achievement for WWE as this will symbol the first big AEW to jump ship to WWE. Vince McMahon is ecstatic at the Cody Rhodes signing and feels this will rejuvenate the WWE Universe and WrestleMania weekend.
WrestleMania is about to kick into high gear and WrestleMania weekend is going to wild ride. Stay tuned to Slice Wrestling for the latest updates.