It was reported yesterday (January 17) by Fightful Select that AEW TNT Champion Cody Rhodes is now a free agent.
Dave Meltzer has now provided some interesting insight on the Wrestling Observer message board about how people in AEW have taken the news of Cody being a free agent getting out.
Okay, this is the situation
Almost everyone is avoiding me today there, so either it’s true and they are all mad it’s out or it’s a work and they don’t want to lie to me.
One person near the top told me they thought it was a publicity stunt but stressed they didn’t know for sure. But one would think if it was a big story internally they would know. But that’s the only person who would even talk to me today.
Remember as far as technical goes. If there was a new contract offered starting this year, Cody has not been there. If they expected to ratify it on 1/5, he was to be there, came to Newark, got the call and flew home before going to the building and hasn’t been back. I know the health reason within his family was legit. So Sapp’s story could be correct, I’m guessing it is, but that’s the situation.
If he’s not there Wednesday it’s a story.
As of now Cody Rhodes is still being advertised for tomorrow night’s episode of AEW Dynamite, and the idea certainly seems to be to build to the match between he and Sammy Guevara that was originally planned for Battle of the Belts.
Rhodes has yet to wrestle a match for AEW in 2022, but his final record for 2021 was 19-7-1, which equated to a 72.22% win percentage. For full AEW men’s win/loss records for this year, click this link.
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