WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, also known as the “American Nightmare,” has revealed the reason behind his departure from AEW.
The revelation came during the airing of the documentary “American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes” on the Peacock streaming service.
AEW to WWE: The Reason Behind the Departure
Rhodes, who was instrumental in building AEW from the ground up, chose to part ways with the promotion due to a “personal issue.”
However, he refrained from delving into the specifics of the issue. “This is my one request in this entire documentary. This one answer, I don’t want to be edited in any capacity. Don’t edit this part. I can’t tell you why I left AEW. I can’t, and I won’t,” Rhodes stated during the documentary.
AEW: Dispelling the Rumors
In an attempt to quash the swirling rumours around his departure, Rhodes clarified that his decision was not influenced by financial considerations or conflicts with other talents.
“I didn’t leave AEW because of money and I didn’t leave AEW because of other talents. I left AEW because of a personal issue. That’s it,” he affirmed.
The Aftermath of the Departure
The departure from AEW has opened up new opportunities for Rhodes, allowing him to chase the biggest dream he ever had.
“The byproduct of leaving AEW is the opportunity to go for the biggest dream I ever had and the first dream I had in my life,” Rhodes expressed.
Triple H’s Take on Rhodes’ Decision
Triple H, another WWE superstar, commented on Rhodes’ decision to return to WWE. He noted that Rhodes’ ambition was not to be the champion or face of a secondary promotion but to be the WWE champion.
“To then take that gamble again and say, ‘this is not what I wanted to be. I didn’t grow up dreaming of being the champion or the face of a secondary promotion. I wanted to be the WWE champion,'” Triple H said.