Recently, Dustin Rhodes was on Chris Jericho’s well-known podcast “Talk is Jericho” and commented on Cody leaving AEW to return to WWE earlier this year.
Cody Rhodes was an Executive Vice President behind the scenes and a founding member of AEW, so when him and wife Brandi exited the company in February of this year it was a huge deal. Cody would go on to have one of the most grandiose returns in WWE history at WrestleMania and entered a highly praised rivalry with Seth Rollins before being struck by unfortunate injury. Older Brother and legend to the industry Dustin Rhodes, started with AEW in 2019 and has stuck with them through Cody’s departure.
During his appearance on Talk is Jericho, Dustin Rhodes was asked by Chris Jericho to describe how he felt about Cody’s AEW departure and later return to WWE:
“Kind of down, a little bit. But Cody, he’s still young. There’s such an age gap, 16 years. He’s kind of in his prime now. But watching him return on WrestleMania was just huge. I’m not gonna miss any of his stuff. He’s on the rise to become a champion, and I really think he’s set the tone for that in his last eight years of work and things that he’s done,”Dustin Rhodes, Talk is Jericho.
Dustin continued to comment, bringing up Cody’s creative mind and how he’s suited to the wrestling business:
“He’s very professional. He’s very different than I am. We’re two completely opposite people. He has that creative mind like my dad had, and I’m more grunt, the worker in the family. But he is surpassing everything. He’s doing amazing. But yeah, I wish he was still here,”Dustin Rhodes, Talk is Jericho.
Chris Jericho also commented on the situation and how he still maintains contact with Cody:
“I get texts from him, actually quite frequently. He goes, I miss you guys, man. I miss you guys. I do miss having him around. I got much closer with him, for obvious reasons, in AEW, than I ever was in WWE. But I still always had a connection with him in WWE as well. He just always was the type of guy that… I like that guy,”Chris Jericho, Talk is Jericho.
It been quite the year for the Rhodes Brothers in 2022, and it’s safe to say they continue to cement the Rhodes name as synonymous to the wrestling industry.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.