Rhodes valiantly competed at Hell in a Cell last month despite suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the week prior to his epic win over Seth Rollins. Cody then appeared on Raw the following night to confirm he’d be out of action, with Rollins putting the explanation point on the angle with an attack on the American Nightmare – ruling him off TV.
The 36-year-old would undergo successful surgery on 10 June, with WWE then predicting that Rhodes would be gone for nine months while he recovered from the injury.
However, it’s a timescale that Cody himself doesn’t agree with. Posting an update on his Instagram account, Rhodes addressed his recovery and stated he has a timetable of his own.
Sling off for rehab – in gym.
I’ve heard 9 months, that’s their plan…I’ve never concerned myself with other peoples projections – I’ve got a plan of my own – let’s finish, all of us.
Rhodes proclamation lines-up with many fans’ beliefs that the former Intercontinental champion could be back sooner than the March return slot WWE have predicted. With some tipping Cody to be a surprise entry in January’s Royal Rumble, possibly setting up his path to next year’s WrestleMania.
Earlier this week the first pictures emerged showing Cody post-surgery, sporting his sling while showing his Nightmare Factory students the classic Bret Hart vs Mr. Perfect match from SummerSlam 1991.
4am wake up— Amanda (@MandaLHuber) June 19, 2022
7am TPA ➡️ATL
Party at #LibertyFarms
8:45pm ATL ➡️ TPA
Exhausted but worth it.
Thank you @CodyRhodes & @TheBrandiRhodes for letting us join the celebration. Forever thankful for you all. pic.twitter.com/kJ5mCRff1j
There were also pictures of Cody enjoying a family celebration, dressed in quite the summery outfit, and still wearing the protective sling over his arm.
Rhodes’ injury sparked a slew of bad luck for WWE and their top baby face stars. With both Edge and Randy Orton also now side-lined and unable to work next month’s SummerSlam show.