WWE employee released after apparent show of solidarity with Cody Rhodes

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The consequences of Cody Rhodes' less than amicable departure from WWE have continued today with the news of another member of the organisation's exit.

That's after it was confirmed that ring announcer Eden Stiles, the real-life wife of Rhodes, was granted her release from the company on Tuesday night.


Although announcements from both Stiles and the WWE made no reference to a link to Rhodes' departure, they came just hours after the former Superstar had posted a cryptic tweet in which he described his wife as "ride or die" and promised fans would understand what he meant "in the next 24 hours".


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Rhodes' message on social media read as follows:

The message quickly led to speculation that Stiles - the regular ring announcer on SmackDown and Main Event, and backstage interviewer on RAW - would be quitting the WWE in a show of solidarity towards her husband.

And, sure enough, Stiles herself posted a statement soon after detailing her decision to leave behind the company she re-joined in 2013. It read:

"What I've been teasing for weeks: I've been offered a new opportunity outside of WWE!! So I've decided to part w/ WWE after tonight.

"BeingBrandiRunnels.com will continue! Check it out soon for updates on my new career life! Doing things my way! #RhodesStrong."

The WWE later confirmed the development with their own brief message:

"WWE has granted Eden (wife of Cody Rhodes) her request to be released, as of today, May 24, 2016. WWE wishes Eden the best in all her future endeavors."


It is unclear at this stage exactly what "new opportunity" Stiles has been offered away from the WWE, but the timing of her departure and the tweet from Rhodes certainly suggests her decision was at least in part motivated by her husband's split from the company.

With the fallout from Rhodes' exit revealing tension between himself and the WWE hierarchy - as well as their attempts to limit his ability to work away from the promotion even though he is now an ex-Superstar - it looks like the Rhodes family is taking a stand.

Whether that will include a similar decision from Cody's half-brother Dustin Runnels (a.k.a Goldust) in the future remains to be seen.

As for the WWE addressing the immediate opening caused by Stiles' departure, the company will have to find someone to step in to replace her announcing duties ASAP.

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