Fightful Select reported today that Cody Rhodes is technically a free agent, and has been working without a contract in All Elite Wrestling for the last few weeks.
Fightful confirmed that Cody’s contract with AEW ended at the end of 2021, and he has been working without a contract since then. He has not wrestled in 2022 for the promotion yet, but was scheduled to defend the TNT Championship against Sammy Guevara at Battle of the Belts on January 8, before a medical issue forced him to withdraw from the match. Guevara defeated Cody’s brother Dustin Rhodes and was crowned Interim TNT Champion, an issue that will likely see some clarity when Cody is scheduled to return on AEW Dynamite this Wednesday night.
On December 1, Sports Illustrated published an interview with Cody, which addressed some of the concerns about his contract status, given rumors that the contracts of Cody, Kenny Omega, and the Young Bucks would expire at the end of 2021. The Bucks circumvented any such contract discussion by re-upping with the company a few days before Cody’s interview with SI was published.
As to his status, Cody said his future was with AEW.
As of now, my future is with AEW. AEW would be very strange without the core members of the revolution. We all still talk. We all have this admiration for each other. I can’t see myself anywhere else, and I’m very optimistic about what the future holds.Cody Rhodes to Sports Illustrated
While it seems incredibly unlikely that Rhodes would head back to WWE, his long history with the company–one that none of the other AEW EVP’s share–means it’s likely this issue will continue to crop up until he confirms his AEW status. We will continue to follow the situation.
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