It was previously reported that Cody Rhodes’s contract with AEW expired at the end of 2021 and he technically became a free agent.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com provided an update on Rhodes’ status with AEW…
“He still has not signed (with AEW), and originally when he hadn’t signed, it just seemed like one of those things, but now here we are – we’re in mid-February, the contract was up at the end of December, or maybe January 1. But yes, a lot of talk about Cody Rhodes, and it is probably best said that… before, I would say that there was minimal possibility that he wasn’t gonna sign (with AEW), but I would not say that now. I think there’s a lot of people that think that it is up in the air of what is going to happen next. So he’s a big name free agent right now. There are conceivably other shows. He’s gonna make money either way. It’s the same thing that I’ve told other guys. It’s like, really, you’ve got no bad decisions. You’ve got two choices of good decisions, and in his case, that’s the situation.”
“At this point, I’m presuming that I’m not gonna hear from him until the decision’s made and he wants it out. He’s got two shows on WarnerMedia, he’s got Rhodes To The Top and he’s got Go Big Show which is filming. And Rhodes To The Top was renewed for a second season, so that is a good reason to stay with the WarnerMedia family. But at the same time, he has not signed, and in WWE, they thought that there was a good chance, or a chance, something. It was definitely something that was talked about today in certain circles – about the potential of something happening there.” (quotes courtesy of WrestleTalk.com)