Darby Allin Comments On Cody Rhodes Leaving AEW

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Cody Rhodes left WWE six years ago and became a megastar in wrestling. He had amazing stints in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor that saw him reach heights he never quite saw in WWE.

In 2019, Rhodes helped found All Elite Wrestling, the first major professional wrestling company to truly rival WWE since WCW in the 1990s. The son of Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes was positioned as a top star in the company, despite being barred from challenging for the World Championship in kayfabe.

It came as a major shock to the wrestling world when, in February, Rhodes and his wife Brandi announced their departure from AEW. Furthermore, Rhodes had signed with WWE and made his return to the company at WrestleMania 38 against Seth Rollins.

The move sent shockwaves throughout the industry, and some are still talking about it even today.

No Negativity

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Speaking on the DDP Snake Pit podcast, Darby Allin spoke about Rhodes leaving the company. While others have thrown shade at the American Nightmare, Allin isn't one of them.

“People can say whatever about Cody now that he’s gone,” Allin said. “I have nothing negative to say. People’s lives and people’s decisions and their paths are all different and I’m like, I love that dude. I had three other matches with Cody. He beat me the second time, he beat me the third time, but … the fourth time, which is our final match that we’ve had, I beat him for the TNT Championship.”

Their History

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As Allin alluded to, Rhodes and Allin have had four singles matches together. Their first came on June 26, 2019, when Rhodes defeated Allin at Fyter Fest.

The American Nightmare also picked up the win in their second and third matches. Their fourth match occurred at Full Gear 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rhodes entered the match as the TNT champion in his second reign with the title. Allin went on to win the match and held the title for 186 days before losing it to Miro.

The two have also tagged together in tag team matches. They teamed on four separate occasions, with their last tag match coming on December 2, 2020, against Powerhouse Hobbs and "Absolute" Ricky Starks.

'I'm Proud Of My Peers'

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Rhodes took to Twitter back in May to kill some rumors regarding his departure from AEW. Responding to a now-deleted tweet from a fan, the American Nightmare said his departure was a personal decision.

"Full stop: the money and creative story that misguided brudda [sic] put out there has already been rebuffed by all parties," Rhodes tweeted. "I'm proud of my peers/kids there and my accomplishments as competitor/EVP. It was just personal and it was just time to go for the big one."

Keep Watching

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Despite no longer being associated with the company, Rhodes encouraged fans to continue watching AEW, as he wanted the work of those close to him to be seen and respected.

"I'd encourage you to still watch it – I was very lucky that my hard work led me to be that face, but I wasn't alone. Nick/Matt/Kenny/Chicken/Jericho/MJF/Hang were as well, and all the new girls and guys putting in a shift now as well. Wrestling is thriving," Cody wrote on Twitter.

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