Two days on from Cody Rhodes' somewhat surprising release from the WWE, the fallout continues.
Yesterday, in an official statement of sorts, we heard from the man himself, as he simultaneously thanked the organisation he had been a part of for a decade whilst also venting frustration at the lack of opportunities he'd been given by the WWE creative team.
Now, via a report from WWE guru Dave Meltzer, new details are emerging which show that the split was far from amicable.
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In his report, Meltzer cites one particular decision from Vince McMahon as the catalyst for Rhodes' exit, as well as claiming the WWE are "putting the screws to him" to prevent him gaining work elsewhere.
According to Meltzer, via NoDQ.com, it looks like at least part of Rhodes' frustrations came from a decision by Vince McMahon and Triple H to backtrack on a plan to bring an end to the Stardust character during WrestleMania season.
“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 explained when discussing an original plan for Rhodes to drop the Stardust gimmick on or just after 'Mania 32.
The fact the wrestler himself had begun teasing an in-ring return to Cody Rhodes at the time shows, too, just how far down the line the WWE were to ending the Stardust persona he complained about in his statement.
Hearing that the very top of the WWE hierarchy came so close to granting Rhodes his wish only to perform a last-minute U-turn, it is perhaps easy to understand why the wrestler decided to leave the organisation.
Just because he was granted his release doesn't mean the WWE are going to make things easy for Rhodes, however.
Turning the screw
Meltzer went on to note that the recent split is "not amicable", and that the WWE are doing their best to keep the 30-year-old from wrestling in other promotions. As he put it, they are "kind of putting the screws to him."
As is often the case, the WWE likely have written into their contract with Rhodes a clause that prohibits the now ex-Superstar working elsewhere for a set period of time.
Just how long that is, and how strictly the company will enforce it for the son of one of their all-time legends, remains to be seen.
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