They arrived in AEW as the key architects to a new wrestling federation but leave as the most maligned couple in wrestling history. Cody Rhodes and his wife Brandi always seemed to have Hollywood aspirations first and wrestling second. They wanted the power of a Stephanie McMahon & Triple H but never quite reached that level.
As the crowds returned to the AEW shows post COVID, Cody had somehow lost the fanbase. Maybe it was the constant, win a match, lose a match, leave for a month and then return bookings that wained on the fans. Maybe people just didn’t like Brandi. But after a series of failed angles and feuds it became apparent that Cody and Brandi had become the two most hated people in AEW. The reality show didn’t help their cause either.
Couple this with the fact that AEW owner Tony Khan slowly started to take more and more power away from his executive vice presidents (Cody, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega) and the writing was pretty much on the wall.
Cody left this message:
Cody was an integral component of AEW. The spark of life for AEW was an independent wrestling show, All-In, co-promoted by him and the Young Bucks in association with Ring of Honor. The show was the first non-WWE or WCW professional wrestling event in the U.S. to sell 10,000 tickets since 1993. Cody holds the record for most AEW TNT championship reigns at three and has the second-longest combined title reign. Cody and Brandi, the latter of whom also had brief spells of in-ring action, also stars on the TNT reality series Rhodes to the Top.Cody has served as a judge on two seasons of the network’s Go-Big Showalongside Rosario Dawson, T-Pain, Jennifer Nettles, Bert Kreischer and, formerly, Snoop Dogg.
Khan acknowledged the separation, thanking Cody and Brandi in a statement published by AEW’s Twitter.
“Cody and Brandi Rhodes were integral to the launch of All Elite Wrestling,” Khan said. “Cody’s ability combined with his boldness and his passion for our industry and his love for community outreach helped AEW deliver on our mission to give fans what they needed for far too long — something new, innovative and lasting. Brandi helped us shape the AEW story, and I appreciate how hard she fought for us both in the ring and out of the ring, competing in the women’s division while advancing our efforts at inclusion and civic causes, including great partnerships with Kulture City and the American Heart Association.
“I have immense respect and appreciation for Cody and Brandi, and I wish them both the best as they move on from AEW. Thank you, Cody and Brandi!”
For those that care this is what Brandi had to say:
But could this all be a work? Some people think so. Maybe the two are taking time off to raise their newborn? However others think this could lead to the couple going back to WWE. Only time will tell where the Rhodes will end up next…