It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 3rd entry of 2022. Today Brian looks at the current free agent Cody Rhodes and what’s different from the last time he became a free agent and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
When You’re Hot, You’re Not
It’s official, Cody Rhodes is once again a free agent in pro wrestling. This despite being the reigning TNT champion in AEW. Naturally, some fans have speculated that Rhodes may be a surprise entrant in this year’s Royal Rumble. Dave Meltzer was quick to put the kibosh on that idea saying it would not happen. The truth of the matter is, Cody helped start and build All Elite Wrestling and really is a pillar of that promotion. The chances of him signing with WWE or even appearing at the Rumble on a one shot deal is next to impossible from occurring.
Regardless, it makes for some fun speculation and fantasy booking among fans. What should be talked about a bit, is that this version of free agent Cody Rhodes, seems much different from the free agent that was in 2016. The Cody that initially walked away from WWE became the hottest free agent in wrestling. Cody jumped from one promotion to another, building up his resume to the point that WWE wanted him back and reportedly offered him a big contract to do so.
Instead, Rhodes aligned with Tony Khan and helped build AEW from the ground up. His name recognition and value definitely helped AEW grow and prosper the last few years. Now, here we are 6 years later and Cody is once again free to go wherever he wants. Things are a bit different this time around. Cody isn’t the red hot free agent wrestler he once was. Fans have seemingly turned on him as a wrestler for whatever reason.
I can’t really place my finger on it, but Cody has a serious case of “X-Pac Heat” or Go Away Heat. Was it that Cody put himself out there too much on TV. Not just Dynamite and Rampage, but his own reality show with his wife Brandi and as a guest judge on a competition show? Was it his his promos which some “killed” him for? His taking time off, to spend with his family? His neck tattoo? Whatever the reasons and it may be many…Cody isn’t the hot commodity he once was.
Despite that, in reality, Cody isn’t going anywhere. Unless he and Tony Khan have a big blowout fight…Cody will remain with AEW for the rest of his career in my opinion. He just doesn’t seem to be the personality he once was.
Hook is quickly becoming one of the most popular wrestlers in all of AEW
A Lucha themed restaurant in California!
Congrats to Scott Hall who looks to be in tip top shape. More importantly, clean and sober!
Dixie Carter seems to be missing from this meme…
NXT UK’s Nina Samuels
Barbie Blank aka Kelly Kelly
Maryse mother of two
NXT Women’s champion…Mandy Rose
Do you remember when the WWF used to have a warning before Monday Night Raw went on the air?
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