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Cody Rhodes: Respectfully, The Options We Have On The Roster Are Better Than Rock vs. Reigns

Cody Rhodes discusses The Bloodline’s storyline and the rumors that have centered around a potential match between Roman Reigns and The Rock.

At WWE Royal Rumble, Rhodes returned to the ring after a lengthy absence due to a torn pectoral muscle. He won the Men’s Royal Rumble to punch his ticket to the main event of WrestleMania 39, where he would presumably challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. But Reigns is currently engaged in a heated feud with Sami Zayn, who turned on him at the end of the Royal Rumble premium live event. Plus, for years, fans have buzzed about a potential dream match between “The Tribal Chief” and The Rock.

In an interview with Alex McCarthy of Daily Mail, Rhodes shared his thoughts on Reigns’ storyline with Zayn and The Bloodline, which has shaped the road to WrestleMania up to this point. He noted that fans often think everything has to be one option or the other in wrestling, whereas he prefers to give them everything. Rhodes praised the way Zayn and others have been helping “move that ship forward” during his time away.

“I love that you bring it up that these stories are running parallel, I think sometimes wrestling fans think it’s got to be one or it’s got to be the other, whereas I subscribe – and I’m not in charge – I subscribe to give them everything,” Rhodes said. “That’s where it really takes smart planners and creative individuals on how you layer it, but it’s very important and this is something I learned when I was away, is that if someone’s doing great, and they are entertaining and helping move that ship forward.

“I would say Seth Rollins is another example on Raw. He was another when I was gone who’s really changed and continued to carry Raw on his back. I was fully expecting these things to converge, and I’m still expecting them to converge just because we have these wonderful options.”

Rhodes then brought up the rumors surrounding The Rock; many fans have been expecting or at least hoping to see Reigns face “The Great One.” While he gave all due respect to The Rock, Rhodes shared his belief that the options WWE has right now are even better, due to the stories that are already happening.

“With all the respect in the world to one of the GOATs, The Rock, it looks like the options we have here within the roster are even better because of the stories that are happening,” Rhodes said. “One story about finishing something that started in 1978 – seven years before I was even born – and another story of really the tragedy of being welcomed into the Bloodline and then what you saw unfolds.

“I think with the amount of time between now and WrestleMania, it’s important I keep my eyes squarely fixed on WrestleMania, squarely wrestling for the WWE Undisputed Championship and as you hinted that may not be against Roman Reigns.”

Moving forward, “The American Nightmare” stated that he doesn’t know if anyone can beat Reigns, but he loves the “heaviness” in the stories that are being told. He made it clear that, for him, the story centers around the title and his quest to first Rhodes to win it.

“Now I don’t know if anyone can beat Roman Reigns, I truly don’t, but for me, it’s about picking up the chip,” Rhodes said. “I love the melodrama, I love the heaviness in these stories that develop in our industry, but I am very simply a man who’s looking for a belt.

“I’m looking for a championship title belt, the most important one in our world the biggest in all – not just in the WWE bubble but in all the bubbles – and be the first to say as a Rhodes I did it. And it wasn’t Dusty Rhodes and it wasn’t Dustin Rhodes – it was Cody Rhodes.”

At WWE Elimination Chamber, Zayn will challenge Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

Triple H recently stated that he doesn’t think The Rock appearing at WrestleMania 39 is in the cards. Check out his comments here.

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