You dont have to be a wrestling fan to appreciate what WWE superstar Cody Rhodes did for a local man. If you are not familiar with the career of “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, Rhodes is the son of legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes. He wrestled in the WWE for a decade before leaving for the independent scene where his stock continued to rise. Then in 2019 he announced he was starting a new promotion with Tony Kahn, the son of Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn. Rhodes would become the executive vice president of AEW.
And thats the role he held when he saw a tweet from Chester’s Tyler Williams who was dealing with tragedy but finding solace in watching Rhodes and AEW.
The tweet slowly gained traction, going viral with AEW fans wishing Williams and his family condolences. One of those people was AEW’s Cody Rhodes
I’m very sorry for your loss and pain - That’s a beautiful family bond. My thoughts are with you. Would you guys like to come to a show near ya’ sometime?— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) October 30, 2021
Williams, who bonded with his older brother over a love of professional wrestling, couldn’t believe that Rhodes reached out and was very quick to take him up on his offer. Williams planned on taking his nephews to the next AEW show that came to Philly. But then something completely unexpected happened, Rhodes left AEW.
On day 1 of Wrestlemania Rhodes made his return to the WWE. While wrestling fans all around the world were excited to see Rhodes take on Seth Rollins, Williams was not one of them. He knew it was a business, and understood the move, he just didnt know how to break it to his nephews that they likely were not going to the next AEW show. 10
My nephew just asked about this with the upcoming Dynamite in Philadelphia and I'm trying to explain to him that the guy who was getting us tickets is in WWE now so idk 😭 https://t.co/XSx8iVYqNr— Sooplex (@Sooplexx) April 21, 2022
A few minutes later Rhodes told him to check his DM’s. Rhodes was going to make good on the promise he made, even if he no longer worked for the organization. Rhodes asked him how many tickets and to what event and Williams gave him all the details. Rhodes responded that he was good to go. Williams and his nephews will be going to AEW’s Dynamite show at the Liacouras center.
Shout out to Brock Koller of 6ABC for bringing this story to light. This is so cool on so many levels. Rhodes works for a competing company and had no obligation to make good on this promise, but he did it because “it was the right thing to do.” He easily could have acted like Williams request got lost in the Twittersphere, but he made it happen for a grieving family.