Cody Rhodes, one of the founders and former stars of All Elite Wrestling, made his comeback to WWE at WrestleMania 38. Many expected Rhodes to return when his business relationship with AEW appeared to be deteriorating. No one however expected him to be a late inclusion to WWE 2K22.

According to, Rhodes never made it into the game despite his best efforts. Last week, SGO reported that WWE was in talks with Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of “2K” series producer Visual Concepts, to include the American Nightmare as downloadable content in the game once he returned.

The company intended to get Rhodes back in time to launch a special DLC package for the character after WrestleMania because they knew he’d be back in February. According to the article, a person close to the developing squad revealed that WWE tried, but it was promptly shot down.

The source revealed that “they knew it was unlikely but you don’t know for sure unless you ask.” According to the article, there just wasn’t enough time to add Rhodes to the game due to the amount of detail that goes into character creation, especially because the game’s entrance announcements are delivered by Greg Hamilton, who had already been released from the company.

Users of “WWE 2K22” will have to rely on their own community-created version of Rhodes for the time being if they wish to play as the American Nightmare. Cody’s most recent appearance in a WWE game was in “WWE 2K17,” when he was playable as Stardust.

WWE has been speculated to be in talks with Electronic Arts (EA) over the rights to the company’s WWE Games business, in an attempt to join one of the world’s top gaming publishers. The most recent iteration of “WWE 2K” was considered a make-or-break endeavor, with a lot riding on its success. To get latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.

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