It happens to everyone. While it might not seem like it at times, at some point, every wrestler is going to hang it up eventually. One day, every wrestler is going to step out of the ring for the last time, though some have a far longer career than others. That can make for some emotional roller coasters and we got another one of those this week with quite the head fake.

The main event of this week’s edition of AEW Dynamite saw Malakai Black defeat Cody Rhodes in less than five minutes. After the match was over, Rhodes spoke about his career and suggested that it might be time for someone new to step in. He took his boot off, a sigh of retiring from wrestling, and was attacked by Black to end the show. There is no word on whether Rhodes is planning on retiring or if this is just an angle. Rhodes is expected to go off to film the Go Big Show for TBS in the coming weeks.

Rhodes has had a heck of a time in AEW. Check out what he has done there:

Shaq Gets Knocked Out by Cody Rhodes! | AEW Dynamite

Watch the ruthless 10 lashings of Cody Rhodes by the hands of MJF | VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED


Opinion: I’m all but certain this is just a way to put Rhodes off of television for a bit, but at the same time, he has not been wrestling as frequently as he has been in the past. Throw in running the company and now being a father and it would not stun me to see him take a permanent step backwards. Maybe that is for the best, but it was certainly a well done angle to set up wherever things are going next.

What did you think of the angle? What is next for Rhodes? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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