The former AEW star Cody Rhodes finally made his return to WWE following numerous rumors and speculations. He was revealed as the mystery opponent of Seth Rollins on WrestleMania Saturday. Following a hard-fought back & forth battle, Rhodes got the win clean. WWE has changed plans for Cody Rhodes, as he is not going to be on SmackDown tonight. ‘The American Nightmare’ had made his presence felt on RAW after WrestleMania.
Cody had cut a promo on the show and stated that the reason he returned to WWE was to win the WWE Title in honor of his father, Dusty Rhodes. During an appearance on WWE’s The Bump this week, Rhodes stated that the promo wasn’t scripted. Many fans had been wondering if he would be working tonight’s SmackDown, but it seems that is not the case.
Cody Rhodes is likely to be absent from SmackDown
Pwinsider.com reported that Rhodes was slated to be at the show and it was likely that he would work a dark match, but this morning they were told “that is no longer the plan and Rhodes is not expected” for the event. It is not clear exactly why WWE changed plans for Rhodes. It has been noted that Cody’s opponent at ‘The Show of Shows,’ Seth Rollins is advertised to be at the show tonight.
In other news, a returning WWE star is still expected to be at the show and it is none other that Lacey Evans, who has been away from the company for a long time now. Evans last wrestled for the company in February 2021 in a tag team match with Peyton Royce against Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Before her pregnancy, Evans had been featured in a storyline with Charlotte Flair and Ric Flair.