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Cody Rhodes is nutsAEW co-founder bolts, most likely for higher-paid pastures of WWE

Isn't Cody and Brandi Rhodes insane? The couple who helped build All Elite Wrestling has left and may return to their former employer.

Brandi and Cody are insane, especially Cody, the grandson of a plumber, but not for obvious reasons. AEW would not exist without Dusty Rhodes' son's efforts since WWE left in 2016. Wrestling fans are well-versed in history.

Brandi and Cody are insane,

Cody and fellow AEW EVPs The Young Bucks organised a show to fill a 10,000-seat Chicago arena. Despite limited confirmed talent and a single advertised match at the time, All In sold out in less than a half hour.

single advertised match

AEW EVPs The Young Bucks

That September 2018 night essentially served as show No. 0 for AEW. Plenty of future-contracted talent appeared, such as MJF in the opener and AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker taking part in a four-way match. 

That September 2018

future-contracted talent appeared

It was also a satisfying data point. There may be a mainstream company owned by Vince McMahon after two decades of none. Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, and AEW CEO and president Tony Khan also contribute to this vision.

Their blazing start to AEW was quickly cooled. Following the retirement of Awesome Kong at “Double or Nothing,” Brandi started The Nightmare Collective, a massive failure from the start.

In the early days of the company, a picture of Cody smashing a Triple H-designed throne became a defining image. It was a good start. The Shawn Spears chair shot, MJF feud, Chris Jericho match in Baltimore, and AEW's TNT debut of Sammy Guevara all worked.

Somewhere along that path, Cody’s AEW journey became flat.