Ring of Honor has sent out a press release confirming that “The American Nightmare” Cody (formerly Cody Rhodes) has signed with ROH. The official signing of his contract will happen at the ROH TV tapings at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, which will air on October. The exact details of the contract haven’t been revealed. According to the press release it is the “most generous offer in Ring of Honor history” that will keep Cody in ROH for “the next several years.” Cody Rhodes will continue to work with NJPW, which has a partnership with ROH.
Cody previously said on Jerry Lawler’s podcast “Dinner with the King” that he didn’t want to sign with anyone. He said at the time: “Ring of Honor hates the fact that I genuinely remained a free agent; I did not sign a contract with them. I signed on for various dates, and I have many dates left with them. I really like Ring of Honor. But I’m not going to be exclusive anywhere. I did exclusive.”
When asked why he changed his mind, he replied: “I grew up in this business, I’ve seen its peaks and valleys…I know we are entering an unprecedented time in pro wrestling/sports entertainment and it’s time to put my flag in the sand. Joe Koff and his team put together such a generous offer…with some non-wrestling projects on the horizon that I hope to announce soon, and the potential of starting a family down the road…it was a perfect fit. Myself, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page, Matt and Nick Jackson…it’s the dream team…like the 1992 dream team. I have several goals in mind for myself and for ROH and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ring of Honor General Manager Greg Gilleland added: “When Cody first started competing in ROH, we knew we wanted him to be exclusive, but respected his wishes to try out the rest of the industry. Finalizing this deal is another big step in his career and a great step in the continued development of the Ring of Honor brand, delivering the best, real professional wrestling to a rapidly growing and the most passionate fanbase around the world.”
The press release noted that for business inquiries, “you can contact Cody’s wrestling manager Brian at [email protected]”