Cody Rhodes was instrumental in the creation of the original All In event back in 2018, being responsible for the tweet that ultimately led to the event’s realization in response to Dave Meltzer stating that Ring of Honor wouldn’t sell over 10,000 tickets for an event “any time soon.” Rhodes also competed on the show itself, winning the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship from Nick Aldis in arguably the show’s most memorable bout.
Almost five years on, AEW adopted the All In name through its acquisition of Ring of Honor and is set to hold the event’s second iteration at Wembley Stadium in London, England in front of one of the biggest crowds in professional wrestling history. Despite Rhodes’ integral involvement in the original show, however, The American Nightmare will not be appearing at Wembley after leaving AEW in February 2022 and subsequently returning to WWE the following April at WrestleMania 38.
Despite his now-WWE affiliation though, Rhodes isn’t afraid to discuss his time outside the company and particularly his major role in both All In and AEW as proven by a recent Ask Me Anything post Rhodes hosted on Reddit yesterday. One of the highest-voted questions on the post was from a fan asking if he’ll be watching All In this weekend despite his lack of involvement in it.
“I will be working that day, but I am very happy for the guys and girls competing out there,” Rhodes replied. “I am proud of Matt/Nick for taking our creation to another level. Also shout out to my Sister, Teil, who named the event and Joe Koff at ROH for helping us and allowing us the chance to do it ourselves.”
Whilst Cody won’t be part of Europe’s largest wrestling event in history at Wembley, The American Nightmare is finding more than enough of his own success in WWE. Rhodes is fresh off a trilogy of matches with Brock Lesnar which saw him finally overcome The Beast at SummerSlam after a non-decisive victory at Backlash and a subsequent loss to Lesnar at Night of Champions. Rhodes also headlined the second night of WrestleMania 39 in April where he unsuccessfully challenged Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.