Britt Baker Reveals Backstage Reaction To Cody Rhodes Leaving AEW
Cody Rhodes departed AEW in February 2022
Cody Rhodes is back in WWE, and so far has been all but positioned as the top face on WWE Raw.
On the other-side of the wrestling divide, many argue that AEW have been producing better television since Cody’s departure, yet AEW’s Britt Baker has opened up about how Cody’s departure affected the AEW locker room, telling Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp:
“From the day he wasn’t at Dynamite anymore, up until the announcement officially got released, obviously, people were saying this and that backstage. Everyone was talking about it, but nobody believed it ‘cause it just seemed so crazy. Even me. I’m like, ‘Maybe, but no. There’s no way,'" Baker recalled. "With that being said, Cody, I am so thankful and grateful that I got to work with him when I did. Because when I turned heel, he took me under his wing. I can kind of be more open about this now ‘cause we’re not in the action figure war anymore... Now we’re obviously not in the same company. The Britt vs. Cody mini-feud, issue, whatever, that’s all done."
Baker hailed Rhodes as being one of those in AEW that took Britt under his wing when she turned heel:
"When I first turned heel he really took me under his wing and helped me map out how to tell a promo or how to do a promo or how to come up with bullet points," Britt said. "I went to a lot of people for help. Tony Khan helped me so much. Chris Jericho, I used to call him and just on delivery alone - Chris Jericho is a big guy on 'it's not what you say, it’s how you say it.' I’d get help from there.
"But when it came to Cody, coming up with the actual structure of what I was gonna say, Cody was there. He would help me. He would write a whole list of bullet points and I would get to twist it and turn it to how I would want to say it. But I can’t thank him enough. He was sitting in Gorilla every time I cut a promo or a match, and would tell me how to fix something, what was good, what wasn’t. He was always on. You can fault Cody for many things, you can’t say he wasn’t honest and that he’s not passionate about professional wrestling. ‘Cause he is."
As for Cody leaving for WWE, Baker admits ‘The American Nightmare’ will be missed:
"With that being said, obviously, everyone has their own path, their own journeys, and this is his," said Britt. "He’s definitely gonna be missed as a coach and as an agent in AEW. It was his home. He helped create it. We wish him the best and if you don’t want to be there, you don’t want to be there at the end of the day, too. Better that he’s happy than miserable, if he was miserable, or if he just wanted something different. That’s cool, too.
"I don’t know that he was miserable. I don’t think so. If he was miserable, he did a great job of acting not miserable. Let’s just say that. But no, I think it’s maybe something different. Time to move on. Best of luck to him and thank you very much for all your promo help, all your character help, all your help in making Doctor Britt Baker, D.M.D. who she was."