Vince McMahon Making Life Difficult for Cody Rhodes Post-WWE
Cody Rhodes hasn’t even been released for two full days, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is already making life difficult for the guy.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, McMahon wasn’t exactly thrilled with the scathing statement Rhodes posted to social media following his release. In the statement, Rhodes essentially puts the company’s two head writers on blast, one for not being particularly good at his job and the other for being too caught up in hitting on the female talent to do his job properly. The writers were eventually outed as Raw head writer Ed Koskey and Smackdown head writer Ryan Ward, which only added fuel to all this controversy Rhodes has stirred up in the past few days, as Rhodes made it clear he wasn’t happy with the Stardust gimmick the company had stuck him with for well over a year. As it turns out, there were plans in place for him to finally ditch the gimmick either at WrestleMania 32 or the night after, and return to being Cody Rhodes. But the plans were nixed at the last minute.
“Vince McMahon and Triple H – and it was more Vince McMahon on this one, from what I was told – they decided [that] we’re not going to do it,” Meltzer said.
Rhodes got frustrated with his position in the company and asked for his release, before putting the explosive statement on social media. Now, the split has gone from relatively amicable to “not amicable” at all, as WWE is choosing to make life difficult for Rhodes by holding him to his WWE contract rather than granting him a full release. Naturally, this will make it difficult for him to work for another wrestling company any time soon. So any hopes of a run in New Japan or Lucha Underground or even TNA (hey, Cody himself said this isn’t about money) are looking like pipe dreams for the foreseeable future.
No word on what the specifics of the restrictions to his contract are, or if he’s going to hire legal counsel to find away around these restrictions, but one would imagine it’s some sort of non-compete clause. As Meltzer puts it, WWE is “kind of putting the screws to him” by retroactively enforcing a non-compete clause out of spite. It’s within WWE’s power to do so, and it probably wasn’t wise of Rhodes to speak out in the first place if he truly wanted to be free and clear, but being petty with contracts is not exactly a great look for the company. From all reports, Rhodes was a model employee until his release, after which he voiced justifiable frustrations with the company. Holding Rhodes back does nothing for WWE except earn them heat with fans who’d like to see Rhodes get the chance he was never given in WWE. Here’s hoping Rhodes eventually does get that chance.
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And for more WWE news, read Cody’s heated public statement following his release!