Cody Rhodes admits it would be a ‘failure’ to leave WrestleMania empty-handed: ‘I hope that doesn’t happen’
WrestleMania 39 was a nightmare for many fans. Cody Rhodes had returned to WWE as the prodigal son destined to win the title that had destroyed his family for 56 years. He fell asleep that night empty-handed, the WWE Universal Title undisputedly still held by Roman Reigns. “The American Nightmare” failed a multi-generational hope designed by his father, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.
“The story doesn’t end here…” WWE chief content officer Paul Levesque, better known to fans as Triple H, was certain at the event’s post-event press conference. If I didn’t feel we had a strong story on the other side, it wouldn’t be the decision.”
The conclusion of the story has become the main narrative since April 3. Levesque’s words felt like a thin promise that Rhodes would win the title at WrestleMania 40. But the landscape has changed and there is a sense of uncertainty. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased the long-awaited dream match with Reigns, which could prioritize Rhodes’ ambitions. There is also the issue of statistics. Reigns is less than five months away from defeating Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund to become the second longest reigning world champion in history. WWE might want to see that performance through.
Rhodes ascending to the throne is a strong candidate for this year’s show of the immortals, but his claim does not feel so iron. Maybe that’s by design. Rhodes can’t imagine seeing another WrestleMania come and go without holding the title.
“Ultimately, that’s a failure. It would be a failed year. I hope that doesn’t come to pass…” Rhodes told CBS Sports as he celebrated another bucket list accomplishment as the cover star of WWE 2K24. “Doubt is a beautiful thing. For people to take the journey with you. I doubted that Daniel Bryan could survive a match with Triple H and then survive a match three -danger to get out of WrestleMania 30 as he did. But it was a thing. I don’t mind doubts at all I, myself, can not have about all what else is going on I have to be on the straight and narrow as far as where I would like to go and how I like to get there.”
Check out the full interview with Cody Rhodes below.
Rhodes can cement his spot in the main event of WrestleMania by winning his second consecutive Royal Rumble match on January 27th. Becoming WWE champion is Rhodes’ crowning achievement. Meanwhile his “WrestleMania Moment” isn’t necessary but it sure would be nice.
“I feel like it could happen before. It could happen after. But I think it’s sweeter if it happened at WrestleMania,” said Rhodes. “Last year it was about the title, the competition itself and how the game was expanded and being so close to it now, which now made it a much more personal situation. So I would love to be at WrestleMania. you don’t know WWE The flow here is very wild.
“I think the story that has been told throughout my entire career. The story that has been told since the late 70s with my father and the WWWF championship. Everything. that in any way . Just because it was our main story and it’s a true story. And when it’s true, it’s the best.”
WWE’s main event scene is healthier than it has been in a long time. If you were to throw every male superstar into this year’s Royal Rumble match, you would find 10 credible winners. There were times when you would be lucky to have two or three. It is a credit to the efforts of the creative team under Levesque’s direction. This is also something that Rhodes had an indirect hand in.
Rhodes was instrumental in the founding of All Elite Wrestling, a company that sent both Rhodes and CM Punk back to WWE. The latest wrestling promotion has given professional wrestlers more opportunities while promoting talent and promotions to elevate their game. Ironically, it’s the diversity of WWE’s main event scene that has taken some of the attention away from Rhodes. He doesn’t bother with that. This is something he plans to appreciate more as the years go by.
“I think that as I get older, I tend to become more poetic and even more appreciative of the things I was able to be a part of. The people I could work with. When we were in a group, The Bullet Club, The Elite, the idea was to change the world. We changed, at least, our world.
“The truth is that I can name eight people. If it wasn’t for one of them it wouldn’t have happened. There wouldn’t be another option. It wouldn’t have brought me into the situation I’m in now. de those factors – and the biggest factor is the fans themselves.”