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Conflicting Stories on Cody Rhodes’ Contract
There seems to be some confusion about whether or not or not Cody Rhodes has signed a brand new contract with WWE.
Dave Meltzer of WrestlingObserver.com not too long ago reported that Rhodes signed a brand new take care of the corporate in October.
Nonetheless, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (h/t Felix Upton of Ringside Information) reported WWE supplied Rhodes a brand new contract in October, however the American Nightmare has not but signed it.
Sapp did observe there’s an settlement in place between the 2 events” and it is “anticipated to be signed” in some unspecified time in the future.
It is unclear when Rhodes’ present deal expires. He returned to WWE in 2022 at WrestleMania 38. Previously, WWE contracts have been for 3 years and the promotion has the flexibility so as to add time onto the tip of a contract if a famous person misses time as a consequence of accidents.
Rhodes missed seven months after struggling a torn pectoral muscle earlier than returning on the 2023 Royal Rumble. A 3-year deal would not expire till no less than 2025, however WWE has been proactive not too long ago about getting prime stars signed.
Charlotte Aptitude, Rey Mysterio Jr., Dominik Mysterio and Bayley are among the many superstars who’ve reportedly inked new contracts with WWE not too long ago.
Even when Rhodes’ deal is not completed, there does not appear to be any concern about him leaving. He is been a prime star in WWE since returning to the promotion, main-evented the second night time of WrestleMania 39 towards Roman Reigns and is arguably the favourite to problem Reigns for the undisputed WWE common title at WrestleMania 40.
WWE Nixes Randy Orton Theme Tune Change
Randy Orton’s return to WWE has been met with nice fanfare, however the firm almost made a big change to his entrance that might have had a profound affect on his character.
Per Corey Brennan of Fightful Choose (h/t Upton), WWE examined the thought of adjusting Orton’s entrance theme by doing one play by reside in an area they had been at earlier than deciding to scrap it.
It was beforehand reported the change was thought-about forward of the Dec. 8 episode of Friday Evening SmackDown.
WWE wasn’t going to have Orton return at Survivor Collection with a special theme music, however somewhat use his present music for just a few appearances earlier than debuting the brand new one.
There are some adjustments to a famous person’s entrance theme that make sense. Reigns continued to make use of the Defend music for years after the group broke up, nevertheless it did not make sense to maintain the theme for a faction beloved by the WWE viewers after he turned heel.
When CM Punk turned a prime star again in 2011, he was in a position to leverage that to get WWE to pay for the rights to “Cult of Persona” by Residing Color.
However there are some superstars who need not mess with the method. Steve Austin tried out a few totally different themes when he turned heel in 2001 earlier than ultimately going again to the one which begins with the glass breaking as a result of it turned so synonymous together with his character.
Orton has been utilizing “Voices” as his entrance theme since 2008. It completely suits his character and has develop into some of the beloved songs for any WWE famous person in historical past.
Replace on Xavier Woods’ Damage and Return
Based mostly on WWE’s plan for Xavier Woods’ return, it does not seem like there’s nice concern a couple of important harm.
Mike Johnson of PW Insider reported on Dec. 19 that Woods was pulled off the street “to heal up” as he offers with undisclosed accidents, and he was in Birmingham, Alabama for a medical analysis.
In a follow-up report, Johnson famous the “tentative” plan inside WWE is for Woods to be again throughout the first two weeks of January.
Woods hasn’t wrestled a match because the Nov. 27 episode of Uncooked when he was in a tag-team turmoil match with Kofi Kingston that was received by the Creed Brothers. He is solely wrestled twice on tv because the begin of November.
Kingston, who has been Woods’ accomplice within the New Day since 2014, has been wrestling singles matches towards Ivar on home exhibits over the previous two months.
So long as Woods is not out of motion for an prolonged time period, this hiatus should not be an issue for WWE. The lads’s tag crew division is in an excellent state proper now, and with WrestleMania season arising, ensuring everyone seems to be wholesome for the most important occasion of the yr must be a prime precedence.
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