Tony Khan On Cody Rhodes: “We’re Still Friends”

Posted: 08/04/2022 in AEW
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Tony Khan has reiterated that there is no ill will between himself and Cody Rhodes following the latter’s AEW departure and subsequent WWE return.

During his latest appearance on Barstool Sports’ Rasslin’ show, the AEW founder and President stated that he and his former Executive Vice President remain friends, saying, once again, that Rhodes’s All Elite split was down to the two sides being unable to agree on new contract terms (h/t Figure Four Online/The Wrestling Observer):

“Yeah, I think it’s just one of those things where, you know, we couldn’t reach an agreement on going forward. I think he has found a situation that’s good for him, and we’re in a great position right now. There’s no ill will either way. We’re still friends, and I wish him the best. I think he wished us the best publicly and privately. So it’s all good.”

Though Rhodes had technically been a free agent since his last AEW contract in December 2021, he stayed on company television as TNT Champion, eventually dropping the belt to Sammy Guevara in an acclaimed ladder match. In February, it was confirmed that Cody and wife Brandi had left AEW outright.

Rhodes’ match against Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 38 (2 April) was his first for WWE since he asked for (and was granted) his release in 2016. Having re-signed on favourable terms, Cody vowed to win a world championship in his father Dusty’s memory on this week’s episode of Raw.

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