Former All Elite Wrestling Star and top WWE Star “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, who was a huge part in the creation of All Elite Wrestling, left the company early last year after his contract with them expired. Cody Rhodes would then make his return to the WWE at last April’s WrestleMania 38, when he faced Seth Rollins in a Singles Match. The American Nightmare has since been on the shelf due to a torn pectoral injury that he suffered before his Hell In A Cell Match against Seth “Freakin” Rollins.
WWE has been airing video vignettes of Cody Rhodes’ road to recovery over the past few weeks and this past Monday night’s episode of RAW was no different, but this time the clip showed the rehab Cody has been doing since he got the surgery and it would even show the conversation Cody had with his doctors at the hospital as well as his training at the Nightmare Factory to get back in in-ring shape. Rhodes also revealed in the vignette that his goal has not changed and that is to win the World Title and he plans on taking the first major step in achieving that goal by winning the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match, which is set to take place at the 2023 WWE Royal Rumble Event this coming Saturday. WWE usually keeps a return of a massive star such as Cody Rhodes a secret, but they revealed that he will be making his return at this Saturday’s Premium Live Event because everyone knew Cody will be returning at the show and the company is more than pleased with the surprises lined up for the show.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Cody Rhodes has been training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida to get ready for this Saturday’s WWE Royal Rumble Premium Live Event, but The American Nightmare was not medically cleared when WWE announced he will be returning, though the fact that the announcement was made shows that it is just a formality.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“We were told he was not cleared as of when his name was announced, but the fact it was announced tells me it’s just a formality.”