By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AEW President Tony Khan issued the following statement regarding Cody Rhodes and Brandi Rhodes exiting the company. The quote is courtesy of PWInsider.com.
Cody and Brandi Rhodes were integral to the launch of All Elite Wrestling.
Cody’s ability combined with his boldness and his passion for our industry and his love for community outreach helped AEW deliver on our mission to give fans what they needed for fan too long – something new, innovative and lasting.
Brandi helped shape the AEW story, and I appreciate how hard she fought for us both in the ring and out of the ring, competing in the women’s division while advancing our efforts at inclusion and civic causes, including great partnerships with Kulture City and The American Heart Association.
I have immense respect and appreciation for Cody and Brandi, and I wish them both the best as they move on from AEW. Thank you, Cody and Brandi!”
Tony Khan CEO, President, General Manager & Head of Creative, All Elite Wrestling
Powell’s POV: This is a bizarre story in that one can only assume that Khan gave himself the same two-year contractual option to renew Cody’s contract that he has in the other executive vice president contracts. For that matter, the second season of “Rhodes to the Top” was reportedly renewed for a second season. It will be very interesting to learn the details of how things arrived at this point. Cody issued his own statement on the matter, which can be read below.
— AEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH (@CodyRhodes) February 15, 2022