As we approach upon the start of the Wednesday Night War between NXT and AEW, Cody Rhodes has recalled how Triple H reacted to him leaving WWE in 2016.
This Wednesday, Cody Rhodes and AEW will debut their weekly show Dynamite in direct competition with Triple H and WWE's NXT, a move that will officially begin the highly-anticipated Wednesday Night War.
Arguably, the move that began laying the foundations to build the Wednesday Night War was when Rhodes asked and was granted his release from WWE over three years ago.
During a recent interview with Bleacher Report, the executive vice president of AEW recalled exactly how Triple H felt to his departure from WWE.
Cody said: "Hunter [Triple H] took it very personally because he had done so much for my dad at NXT. There was one conversation where he said, 'I'm shocked that you feel this way after everything I've done for your family.'
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"But I told him, 'I'm not my dad. I can't stay here out of loyalty to you for giving my dad a job in 2005. I get it, and the little boy in me really appreciates what you did for my dad. But I'm not him. He's not here anymore. I've got to be me.'
"I think Hunter, he's been in wrestling long enough that he knew, 'Oh, this is a real one. He's not asking for more money. He's not asking for a title shot. Nothing would matter at this point.' I let the burn get too bad before I said anything, if that makes any sense."
For Cody, leaving WWE was the best option for him and his wrestling future as for too long, he felt he had been held back and nothing was going to change for him in the company.
No matter what Triple H had done for his family in the past, it wasn't going to change how The American Nightmare felt about his future in WWE.
Now, as we approach the start of the Wednesday Night War between AEW and NXT, we're about to get a true feeling as to if Cody made the right decision to leave WWE all those years go.
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