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Cody decides not to use his full name in the wrestling ring: Here’s his explanation

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After a long legal battle, AEW’s Cody has managed to get hold of his Pro-Wrestling last name, Rhodes. However, he says that he will not use the name in the squared circle.


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In the most recent episode of The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast featured Cody’s media call ahead of AEW Full Gear. There, the AEW EVP spoke about securing the trademark and the fact that he is not going to use it in the wrestling ring again.


The name comes from his father, the late great Dusty Runnels, who used the name Dusty Rhodes as a pro-wrestler. While elder brother Dustin used the Rhodes name in the beginning, he found more success as Goldust, although he is back at being Dustin Rhodes again. However, the younger brother is synonymous with the Rhodes surname due to his long run with WWE, where he used the name in an up-and-down, yet successful career.

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Cody stated that he was indeed happy to regain the name ‘Cody Rhodes’ again. While he did not divulge the details behind him regaining the name, he did mention that it was a positive affair for both sides of the legal battle. Reports are circulating of him giving up claims to certain trademarks such as ‘The Match Beyond’ to make the exchange possible.

“I’m very happy about being ‘Cody Rhodes’ again. The details of it all aren’t important other than it was a very positive, no hard feelings on either side type scenario. I will say though it’s not something I probably will use in the wrestling space,” he said.

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Why would he not use the long-sought name in the squared circle? It seems that he has become used to ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody moniker and does not wish to change it. He likes how Justin Roberts announces the name while he enters the AEW ring.

“I’ve gotten very used to ‘The American Nightmare Cody’. I like how Justin Roberts says it. I just like it. I’ve liked it for some time,” he explained.

While he would remain the mononymous Cody in the pro wrestling ring, he has no problem using it in third-party ventures, especially at shows or events where the whole family can be seen together.

“Where I’m most excited about ‘Cody Rhodes’ being available again is when he comes to third-party ventures and things like ‘Go-Big Show’ that I just took part in, the show that I was part of coming to TBS and other projects like that only because in our wrestling bubble that we’re all in, we’re all a family, all of us. Everyone kind of knows the saga of Cody Rhodes,” he said.


When asked about the future of the TNT Championship, Cody said that there is no ranking of championships in AEW, and the prestige varies according to dictation by the fans. People have been, according to him, preconditioned to believe the secondary titles to be less prestigious than the world title, but he does not believe so.

Credits: Wrestlinginc

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