The WWE Universe was in shock two weeks ago when it was revealed that Cody Rhodes would be leaving the company.
Rhodes, the son of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes and brother of current WWE superstar Goldust, seemed like someone who was a surefire WWE lifer, a talent who loved wrestling and loved the company he worked.
Well, everything wasn't as it seemed and Rhodes asked for his release, which was granted. His first match outside the company has just been revealed, and it is amazing.
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According to a Facebook post from Northeast Wrestling, their 'Wrestling Under the Stars event' this year will see Cody take part in his first after leaving the WWE. His opponent? The one and only, Kurt Angle.
Apparently, Wrestling Under the Stars has been a huge hit before with some big matches taking place.
Those matches include the last in-ring bout between Hulk Hogan and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, the first ever confrontation between The Young Bucks and The Hardy Boyz, as well as Kevin Steen's last match before he went to the WWE and became Kevin Owens.
And that tradition of big matches will continue, as Cody Rhodes clashes with the former Olympic and WWE Champion on August 27.
Last week, Rhodes put out a picture on his personal Twitter account with what was basically a checklist of all the stars across the world he wanted to share a ring with now that he is not constrained by the WWE.
That list had Angle as the fourth superstar written down and he will be the first one to get checked off.
The other big wrestling names on that list include another former WWE wrestler in Chris Hero, Adam Cole, Dalton Castle, The Young Bucks, and Japanese wrestler Shibata, who is one of the hardest hitting performers in the business.
Interestingly, Rhodes also wants to compete in BOLA - the Battle of Los Angeles tournament that PWG holds every year and attracts the biggest names from around the world. If Rhodes is in it this year, that would be incredible.
So, Angle vs Rhodes is confirmed. What a way for Cody to kick off his indie career. We can't wait to see who else he faces in the near future.