WWE Have Major Plans For Cody Rhodes

Recent AEW departure Cody Rhodes looks set to join WWE, and he could be doing so as early as this weekend.

Wade Keller would speak on PWTorchVIP.com, noting that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is set to give Cody a big push upon his return to the company, and it is expected that he will be part of the upcoming WrestleMania 38 event in April. Keller would reveal:

“Cody and WWE haven’t confirmed it but Cody is going to WWE and he’s going to get a big push. Vince McMahon is going to treat this as a big deal. Everybody I talked to thinks Vince loves the idea of acquiring a co-founder and EVP and, you know, main event wrestler. He just held their secondary singles title not that long ago, and having him show up on WWE TV is something that Vince is very interested in taking advantage of and making money on it.”

“It could even be a situation where Cody is in a major match at WrestleMania. I fully expect Cody to be on WrestleMania either as a wrestler or making his first appearance,” Keller said. “I don’t know if they can hold back on putting him on TV so I could even see him appearing on Raw or SmackDown next week.”

“I’m not aware of there being any kind of non-compete at this point since he’s been a free agent for a while so Cody could appear. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s even some augmentation to the booking plans for WrestleMania perhaps related to the Elimination Chamber in order to set the stage for Cody to do something really big at WrestleMania.”

Sports illustrated’s Justin Barrasso has echoed a similar sentiment, although he feels that Cody’s reveal could be saved for the RAW after WrestleMania. Justin would also note that Cody could potentially be at the WWE Performance Center in the coming days, and would write:

“Every indication is that his next destination is WWE, potentially even as soon as filming segments at the Performance Center this weekend. And while Rhodes would add value to this year’s WrestleMania, he would also be a major reveal on the Raw immediately following ’Mania.”

Talks between Cody and WWE have been confirmed by multiple credible journalists, including Andrew Zarian, Sean Ross Sapp, Ariel Helwani, and many many more. I think it’s safe to say that this is indeed not a ‘work’ as many have suggested, and Cody has in fact left AEW and is set to join WWE.

If Cody Rhodes does in fact sign for WWE, it will be interesting to see if these supposed big plans play out. If WWE are seen to treat departing AEW wrestlers well, this could perhaps start a chain reaction with more names willing to make the jump in the future.

h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the Wade Keller transcriptions.