Cody Rhodes has had loads of success in each AEW and WWE in 2022, however 2023 may very well be a fair greater yr for “The American Nightmare.”
In accordance with Andrew Zarian of the Mat Males Professional Wrestling Podcast (h/t Cageside Seats), WWE already has “numerous plans” in place for Rhodes at WrestleMania 39 subsequent yr, although Rhodes is presently out indefinitely after present process surgical procedure to restore a torn pectoral muscle.
WWE isn’t going to have any issues packing SoFi Stadium for WrestleMania 39, which simply broke the record for the corporate’s highest-ever first day WrestleMania ticket gross sales. The Rock vs. Roman Reigns, arguably the largest potential match WWE may realistically guide proper now, may very well happen at professional wrestling’s greatest annual pay-per-view, but when The Rock isn’t capable of wrestle, relaxation assured that Rhodes may simply step into the headlining spot on both night time of WWE’s flagship present.
Rhodes is anticipated to be out of motion till early 2023, however he’s admitted that WWE’s medical workers isn’t giving him a concrete return time-frame due to the expectation that he’ll rush his rehabilitation course of with the intention to beat any projected return date. Primarily based each on the timing of his harm and WWE’s penchant for large Royal Rumble returns, the 2023 Royal Rumble would seemingly be Rhodes’ focused return date.
After a hit-and-miss however largely profitable run in AEW, Rhodes returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38 earlier this yr in a transfer that has brought on a seismic shift in professional wrestling, reportedly leading to extra AEW stars being open to leaping ship to WWE after seeing the way in which that Rhodes has been booked since his return to the corporate. The actual query mark, nevertheless, is how Rhodes will fare below WWE’s new Triple H-led inventive regime.
With Vince McMahon now gone from WWE and Triple H taking cost of its reserving just some weeks in the past, there have already been important adjustments to what number of stars are portrayed on Uncooked and SmackDown. Particularly, Triple H has ignited substantial pushes for a lot of stars who succeeded in NXT below his watch, together with Ciampa, Shayna Baszler, Ricochet and the returning Karrion Kross.
Whereas Rhodes isn’t essentially a “Triple H man,” it’s arduous to ascertain a situation during which Triple H doesn’t proceed Rhodes’ huge push at any time when the latter does return. Rather more so than McMahon in recent times, Triple H has had his finger on the heart beat of what WWE followers need, and the enhancements he’s made to WWE’s primary roster—akin to a stronger ladies’s division, extra matches with precise stakes and extra logical storytelling—are already blatantly obvious.
Rhodes was such a large hit in WWE upon crossing over from AEW that, particularly after his legendary performance in opposition to Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell, it’s borderline inconceivable to ascertain a wholesome Rhodes lacking out on a marquee storyline come WrestleMania time. There are lots of choices for Rhodes when he comes again, too: Rekindling his epic rivalry with Rollins, profitable the Royal Rumble, difficult Reigns, some mixture of these angles or perhaps a rivalry together with his longtime friend-turned-nemesis Randy Orton.
With Triple H being a famed long-term storyteller, there’s an excellent likelihood that Rhodes’ WrestleMania storyline plans, whereas not set in stone, are already penciled in, and given how widespread Rhodes was earlier this yr, he ought to be concerned in one of many hottest angles in path to WrestleMania 39.