Along With Randy Orton and CM Punk, WWE Adds Cody Rhodes to SmackDown

Published 12/08/2023, 12:58 PM EST

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Even though WWE’s main roster PLEs for 2023 have all been over, the promotion is still not letting fans off the hook. The Stamford-based company is keeping things exciting with interesting cross-brand appearances. Tonight’s SmackDown show will have a similar concept to execute.

Cody Rhodes gets added to the blue brand

Randy Orton was signed to SmackDown soon after his return. Even though CM Punk is a free agent right now within WWE, the promotion announced beforehand that he would be appearing on the blue brand tonight. And now, another name has been added to the list of top appearances tonight and it is none other than Cody Rhodes.


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Though The American Nightmare isn’t switching brands as of yet, his appearance might prove significant for The Road to WrestleMania. Despite the possibility of feuding with The Bloodline yet again, WWE might even be trying to give him a new storyline until WrestleMania 40 draws closer.


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However, until the night arrives, fans are supposed to sit in complete mystery, not knowing what the wrestler would be in the blue brand for.

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Let’s briefly explore the possibilities that can take place in SmackDown tonight for Cody Rhodes’ near future in the Stamford-based company.

Cody Rhodes’ storyline in early 2024

The former AEW EVP feuded with numerous stars since his 2023 return. However, his most formidable foe was Roman Reigns. Even though WWE could revive their feud again to complete Rhodes’ ‘full circle moment’, they might tease fans with another dispute before that.


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Recent reports suggested that when Rhodes had first returned to WWE, the creative department was planning to put him against Randy Orton in a storyline. Given their ‘Legacy’ together, this would have been a good emotional investment for fans.

Since both Orton and Cody Rhodes would be present in the Blue brand’s show tonight, they might lock horns and start a conflict that would conclude a few weeks before WrestleMania 40, leading to a perfect second conclusion to Cody Rhodes’ feud with The Tribal Chief.

Whatever the appearance may be, the promotion has surely grabbed the attention of fans with this tweet.


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Could Rhodes be returning to revive his feud with The Bloodline? Or do you think WWE has something else in store for him?


Written by:

Kaif Ali


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Kaif Ali is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports and is a massive WWE enthusiast and he won?t have it any other way. Confused about the third person narrative? Well, what can you expect from someone who grew as a fan of Dwayne ?The Rock? Johnson. I am also a John Cena fan and follow his ?Never Give Up? mantra when it comes to my daily work life.
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Donna Eva