The evidence that Cody Rhodes will not be under contract to Ring of Honor in 2019 continues to build. Unless something drastic changes, Cody and possibly other members of the Elite will be departing the company in the coming months.
He stated on Twitter recently that he will not be at the G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden next April.
Cody Says He Won’t Be On the G1 Supercard From Madison Square Garden
I am not on that show https://t.co/9MirtL69VS
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) October 25, 2018
Cody is believed to have told people on the Jericho Cruise that he will not be going back to WWE, however, and that he hopes to throw All In 2. If WWE and ROH are both out of the picture, his options aren’t plentiful. It’s possible Cody feels he could make more freelancing, or wants the freedom to also perform for other promotions.
Dave Meltzer wrote in regards to Cody’s relationship with NJPW in this week’s Wrestling Observer. Although this is not mentioned, it reads as though Cody is relaying the information directly to him. It’s likely that is the case but that is only speculation.
As for Cody and New Japan, nothing is concrete but he’d like to continue to work for New Japan for the rest of his career if that is possible as he loves working there. He doesn’t have a New Japan contract at this point.
It’s hard not to read the above paragraph as Cody attempting to make a comment to NJPW through the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. If Cody and ROH’s negotiations have hit an impasse, it would affect his relationship with NJPW as well. He is currently the IWGP United States Champion.
Another relevant point is that Cody’s contract with ROH is already up. He is currently working without a contract until the end of the year. At that point, Page, the Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega will also be free agents.
Ring of Honor is back out on the road this weekend. They will hold TV tapings in Pittsburgh and the Survival of the Fittest tournament in Columbus. From there, they hold a 4-show Global Wars tour. Cody will defend the IWGP United States title against Beretta on the final night of the tour in Toronto on November 11th.