There's plenty of fans on this earth that only pay attention to what goes on during WWE's televised events.
They may be surprised to know there is a much wider wrestling world beyond WWE with blossoming promotions in Japan, the UK, Mexico and even peers in the States.
One man that has been honing his craft in all of those territories is Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes, formerly known as Stardust in the WWE, won the NWA title at All In, an event he and the Young Bucks created themselves, and he has been creating a buzz for the past couple of years as a part of the Bullet Club and The Elite.
However, all of Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega are out of contract in January 2019 and with reports that performers aren't thrilled with the new management at New Japan Pro Wrestling, it seems now more than ever that WWE could swoop for these 'indie' stars.
At the NWA 70th Anniversary show in Nashville, Tennessee, last night, Cody Rhodes defended his NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship in a 2-out-of-3 fall match against Nick Aldis.
The former champion, formerly known as Magnus to TNA fans, reclaimed his title with a 2-1 victory and it has caused a lot of speculation about Rhodes' future.
There has been speculation about Cody possibly heading back to WWE in 2019 and that could explain the abrupt title change after so much hype surrounding his victory.
Of course, in the wrestling business, anything can be a swerve and any decision can be to fool the fans, so maybe this was Rhodes' agreement with Aldis all along to win the NWA title on the All In show to begin with.
Speaking of returning to WWE, after NJPW United States championship from Juice Robinson last month, the son of a plumber said it's 'pretty possible'.
“Well, my own promotion is still ROH. I know the big what-to-do is, oh, January 1 we are going to show up on WWE… Pretty possible,” Cody said, per Wrestling Inc. “But my own promotion is still ROH and I love ROH. The ROH world champion, Jay Lethal, if you recall my very first match [at Final Battle 2016]: Jay Lethal, Hammerstein Ballroom. Just beat the hell out of him. Just embarrassed him. The whole franchise act – whack, whack, whack, Cross Rhodes 1-2-3. Wouldn’t that be something?”
Do you guys think Rhodes is WWE bound in January? And are The Elite coming with him?
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