Cody Rhodes found himself in the headlines on Monday when a report dropped that the AEW executive vice president and current TNT Champion was working without a contract. Fans immediately predicted that Rhodes would somehow make an appearance in WWE's Men's Royal Rumble match at the end of the month given that the company is allowing current Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Mickie James to compete in the Women's Rumble. Reports have already popped up saying Rhodes isn't going anywhere and nobody from AEW will be at WWE's event, but that didn't stop the fan speculation from running wild.
You can see some of the reactions in the list below. Rhodes is expected to be on this week's AEW Dynamite after missing the Battle of the Belts event earlier this month due to COVID-19.
Time for Another Bet
Dave Meltzer – “I don’t know if anyone can save this years Royal Rumble”
Cody Rhodes – “I’ll take that bet, Dave”— Andy (@AndyNemmity) January 17, 2022
It's Been A While...
Cody is not going to be in the Royal Rumble guys.
Stardust however I think is free.— Fiending For Followers ‼️ (@Fiend4FolIows) January 17, 2022
Cody Rhodes 2022 Royal Rumble debut pic.twitter.com/K82YtvQXFP— Going Over: Bet Pro Wrestling Podcast (@BetWrestlingPod) January 17, 2022
Are You Implying He's Also Fuego II?
Cody should enter the Royal Rumble as Cody Rhodes, Stardust and Fuego II like he's 1998 Mick Foley.— Garrett Kidney (@garrettkidney) January 17, 2022
Don't You Put That Evil On Us
When the buzzer goes off at the Royal Rumble and Cody Rhodes comes out looking like this...January 17, 2022
Not The Throne Smasher!
Triple H backstage if Cody Rhodes makes an appearance at The Royal Rumble pic.twitter.com/vk7zhjnZZh— Public Enemies Podcast (@TheEnemiesPE3) January 17, 2022
In a Word, Chaos!
I want Cody to enter the Royal Rumble and go back to beat Hangman. Just for the chaos pic.twitter.com/7xtWaQuSvi— Neesin The Kid (@YrfSquad) January 17, 2022