After weeks of speculation, Cody Rhodes made his long awaited return to WWE at Night 1 of Wrestlemania 38, facing off against Seth “Freakin” Rollins.
On last nights episode of Raw, Rhodes competed in his first televised WWE match since 2016, defeating The Miz. After the match, Rollins confronted Rhodes and set up a rematch between the pair at the upcoming Wrestlemania Backlash.
Rhodes has been presented as one of Raw’s top stars since his return, and Mike Johnson of PWInsider has offered an update on his internal status as part of the red brand’s roster.
“Internally, Cody Rhodes is currently slotted as the number two babyface for the Raw brand, second only to Bobby Lashley. AJ Styles is internally listed as #3. On the heel side, internally, the top slotted Raw performers are Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Edge and Damian Priest.”PWInsider
Johnson continued, revelaing the internal listing on the Smackdown side of things.
“Roman Reigns is still listed as the top heel for Smackdown and is not listed on the Raw roster. The top babyface on the Smackdown side is Drew McIntyre.”PWInsider
Reigns’ absence from the Raw roster aligns with earlier reports that WWE creative are yet to decide how they will go about booking Reigns as a double-champion.
McIntyre’s position also comes as no surprise, as the Scottish Warrior has recently crossed paths with the Tribal Chief in a number of dark matches.