Eagle-eyed viewers of the teaser on Wednesday may have figured it out, but last night on Impact Wrestling, TNA confirmed that Cody Rhodes will be debuting for the company at October 2nd’s Bound For Glory.
In a vignette which aired on last night’s show, Rhodes announced his participation in TNA’s marquee event.
“You don’t know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. I learn more about me every day, with every mile. My past is just that. My story is being written one step at a time. My future is decided by the roads that I take. I am bound for a new adventure. Where I’m going there is gold, there is glory, because for me, all roads lead to Bound for Glory.”
Rhodes is currently being billed strictly as “Cody” by TNA. In addition to working with TNA, Rhodes is also still scheduled for Ring Of Honor’s year-end event Final Battle in New York City on December 2nd, as well as a packed calendar of independent wrestling shows. Earlier this week, TNA also signed Cody’s wife Brandi Rhodes to a Knockouts contract.
Check out the full vignette below:
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ROH Adds Six-Man Championship – ROH Wrestling
Ring of Honor will be introducing a new Six-Man Tag Team Championship with a tournament beginning at All Star Extravaganza 8. Teams announced so far include The Bullet Club, The Cabinet, and Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Kamaitachi. With the popularity of six-man matches in Mexico (see also Lucha Underground) I’d expect some of the talent coming to ROH from new partner CMLL will be involved in the division as well as the teams in New Japan’s NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Division.
Alberto Del Rio On The Outs Again – Wrestling INC
Wrestling INC is reporting that Alberto Del Rio gave notice to WWE 60 Days ago and will not be returning once his wellness policy suspension is completed. Things seemed to go south with Del Rio rather rapidly after the dissolution of the League of Nations and then he and Paige, who he has been romantically linked, being drafted to separate shows.
SmackDown Tournament Semifinals Set – WWE
After The Hype Bros defeat of The Vaudevillains and Rhyno & Heath Slater’s victory over the returning Headbangers, the semifinals in the tournament to crown SmackDown Tag Team Champions are set. Next week, American Alpha faces the Usos and Hype Bros square off with Rhyno & Heath Slater. C’mon Rhyno & Slater, Beulah needs a double wide and an in-ground pool. The winners of next week’s matches will meet in the Finals at BackLash.
Orton-Wyatt/Ziggler-Miz at BackLash – WWE
Also coming out of last night’s SmackDown Live, The Eater of Worlds will face The Viper at BackLash. This matchup is a sticky wicket as both men need to gain some momentum, Wyatt, fresh off another Family breakup and Orton, fresh off a Brock Lesnar thrashing. In addition, Dolph Ziggler will challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
Women’s Title Rematch Set for SummerSlam – WWE
The rematch of last week’s Sasha Banks-Charlotte match for the WWE Women’s Championship has been scheduled for SummerSlam, joining Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose, & Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton on the show.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Defense in Ring of Honor – ROH
Michael Elgin will return to ROH to defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship at the upcoming Field of Honor event in Brooklyn, NY on August 27th.
NXT Curtain Call – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Bayley held a post show, in-ring send off for Finn Balor, Mojo Rawley, Carmella, & Nia Jax in Houston Saturday night. All the NXT talents are wrapping up their time there before moving to the main roster. Finn Balor took the mic after that to praise Matt Bloom and the NXT roster.
ZZ Released – Pro Wrestling Sheet
WWE released Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe from his WWE developmental contract yesterday. ZZ is best remembered from the Tough Enough reboot placing second despite struggling with every aspect of the competition. His struggles continued to be documented on WWE’s Breaking Ground series after being signed to a developmental contract once Tough Enough concluded. I’m sure he’s a nice guy but from what we saw on both shows, it seems he never took the opportunity seriously and got in proper physical condition.
Lucha Underground Season 3 Premiere Date – Twitter
Cero Miedo, Fat Marks! El Rey Network has announced that Lucha Underground will return for their 40 episode season 3 on Wednesday, September 7.
Okada vs. Castle – ROH Wrestling
The card for ROH’s next PPV extravaganza is starting to come together. Adam Cole will challenge Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship, CHAOS vs. Bullet Club, and now IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada will meet Dalton Castle in a non-title match in Las Vegas.
Fans often get excited when a former WWE talent hits the independent circuit to ply their trade in more intimate environments, but no superstar in recent memory has caused as much of a stir in the wrestling world with their post-WWE career plans as former 6-time tag team champion and 2-time Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes.
After releasing the now infamous checklist in May, Rhodes is lining up a who’s who of dream matches that fill the remainder of 2016, beginning on August 19th in Joppa, MD at Evolve 66 and continue through Ring of Honor’s Final Battle pay-per-view on December 2nd in New York City.
In one of the most relaxed and conversational interviews we’ve had on the show, Cody joined this week’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show for an amazing 20-minute discussion on topics ranging from land dealings with Bray Wyatt to his upcoming part on CW’s Arrow to Evolve and Ring of Honor to the chance we see him in the Lucha Underground temple and more.
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