Cody Rhodes was one of the key figures in AEW from the very beginning which is why people were shocked when the former TNT Champion confirmed earlier this year that he would be parting ways with All Elite Wrestling.

AEW President Tony Khan recently appeared on Fightful’s Grapsody podcast where he discussed Cody’s departure. According to Tony Khan, Cody’s departure had an impact on multiple departments and it was a major challenge for the company.

“It was, certainly, whenever you lose a star the caliber of Cody Rhodes, it’s going to have a major impact on your company and affect a number of different departments and number of different things in terms of the presentation and the backstage. Personally, I really like Cody and I know Cody really well and he was so involved in so many different facets with the start of AEW and what we were. When he left, that was a major challenge. Going into Revolution, we had so many great stories and I think it helped us and helped keep us strong that people were so invested in what was happening in AEW at the time.”

Ultimately Cody Rhodes returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38 where he defeated Seth Rollins. The American Nightmare was featured as one of the top stars in the company for a few months before he was forced to take time off due to injury. It’s not known at this point in time when he’ll be returning to the ring.

H/T Fightful