This Week in Wrestling 2022 Week 14

Brian Damage

It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 14th entry of 2022. Today Brian looks at the WWE return of Cody Rhodes and compares it to every AEW debut in recent months and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.

All Rhodes Lead Back to WWE

I want to preface this piece by saying that I am not just a WWE or AEW fan, but rather a fan of all pro wrestling. I have attended countless shows and have watched an ungodly amount of wrestling on television. With that said, let’s talk about the WWE return of ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody Rhodes at last weekend’s Wrestlemania 38. I am not the biggest fan of Cody’s in recent years, but I will not question the man’s passion and commitment to the wrestling business.

Here was a guy who walked away from the biggest wrestling/sports entertainment company in the world and basically bet on himself that he could make it on his own. He did just that by wrestling for various independent groups and also for Impact and New Japan. That all led Cody to become the face of the upstart All Elite Wrestling in its early days of existence. He was never really AEW’s biggest star, but was a constant in both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

When it was reported that Cody was leaving AEW as a free agent…most fans felt it was an inevitability that he would return to WWE. That was indeed the case at Wrestlemania 38 in Dallas, Texas. Even though most fans pretty much expected his return to take place at the WWE’s biggest event of the year…there was no question that WWE made his return feel extremely special. The crowd reaction was thunderous and it just felt right for him to be back where he started his career.

Kudos to WWE and their production team for going “all out” for his return. It looked and felt like a very big deal. Also, kudos to Cody himself…who bet on himself and became a star on his own blood, sweat and tears.

I have watched countless wrestlers debut in AEW over the past several months. Some really hit the mark like CM Punk’s return to wrestling and others were just okay. I think Cody’s WWE return surpassed all of those AEW debuts for how he was presented back to WWE fans. To me, it was presented as such a bigger deal. Part of the problem with the AEW debuts, is that it seems someone new becomes All Elite each and every week. It no longer comes off as something surprising because most expect Tony Khan to bring someone new every episode of Dynamite and Rampage.

This is not to say that Cody Rhodes will ultimately be a success in WWE. There are question marks about how creative will use him. There are also questions about Cody and if he can maintain that “it factor” that the company presented him as having. All in all though, Cody’s return did feel very special and was treated like a huge deal. Whether it will be…is something we all must wait and see with.


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Personally, I thought Dominick’s outfit was a wonderful tribute to his “papi” Eddie Guerrero when he was teaming with ‘The Love Machine’ Art Barr as Los Gringos Locos, but this made me laugh…

Well played.

While the talk of the wrestling world may have been about Cody’s return…his niece Dakota got married this past weekend as well. Here she is with her dad Dustin. Congratulations to the entire family!

The many faces of Virgil/Vincent/Soul Train Jones/Shane/Curly Bill etc..etc..

Vince McMahon’s grandson and Shane O’Mac’s son Declan McMahon has committed to Indiana University to play football. He played quarterback and running back in high school.

Lucha inspired tequila

nWo inspired IPA

Kendramania is running wild….about what?…you make your own decisions.

Stacy Carter and Jerry Lawler reunited last weekend…What’s Dupp with that?!? 😉

Nailed it! LOL

LOL! If you know…you know!

Elias and Ezekiel

I was always a big fan of ANDREW the Giant…

Tips for dating a wrestler…by Marty Jannetty

Basically…this!

ECW’s Francine today.

Giovanna Angle (Kurt’s wife) finding her inner luchadora.

AEW’s Leva Bates

Hulk Hogan and his new girlfriend Sky

Melissa Santos

Thunder Rosa

WWE Divas


Video Gallery

Hey! Anybody remember Roos shoes which used to be a major sponsor of WCW back in 1990? Here’s a little commercial to refresh your memories…


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7 thoughts on “This Week in Wrestling 2022 Week 14

  1. Francine looks great.

    I’m not going to say anything about Cody but if he’s seen chasing the 24/7 title as Stardust again. He’s got no one to blame but himself and he’s going to be another Man Who is Fond of Slapping Nutz.

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  2. WWE deserves credit making Cody’s return seem huge. And the crowd appeared to love it. And Cody deserves credit for negotiating how he wanted to be presented and what appears to be a clear path to a world title as part of the deal. I just don’t see Vince shitting on him and I’m thinking he covered himself in the contract against it. I.E. no mention of Stardust, though Cody himself did “honor” it. Unless the crowd turns on him, and even then he can try and heel it, I see this working out for everyone involved.

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  3. Cody better pray this new run in Vinceland works out for him because I’m pretty sure he’s burned some bridges at his old job after lying & using them just to get in a better position to get rehired by Vince. Look, if you’re going to do that shit, at least let your fellow (now former) EVP’s & boss know that was your plan all along instead of making them think you actually gave a shit about the company you helped start up. Not to mention all the AEW fans you purposely mislead as well.

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  4. I’ve never felt Cody was authentic. In his early days in WWE he wanted to be Dusty and not Dustin. I feel he expected his dad’s legacy to open door for him. In reality WWE treated his family like crap. They’ve figuratively dropped the whole family in polka dots. Are we supposed to believe that Cody is in love with WWE and being there is better than traveling the world, creating a name for himself and being apart of the creation of a company that has changed the business? I won’t take away from his talent but after seeing him practice his heartfelt “my daughter will be a beautiful mixed race princess” promo, where he “choked up”, I just don’t see him as authentic. He wants WWE to show him the respect they never gave his dad and brother. The respect and love the world gave the American Dream.

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  5. Hogan has surgery scars up and down his spine. He is barely walking because his hips are busted. What does he have to offer a young woman like that ?

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