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Cody Rhodes Doesn’t Believe The Way He Won The Royal Rumble Was A Hindrance, But Understands It’s A Concern

Cody Rhodes doesn’t believe the way WWE set him up to win the Royal Rumble was a hindrance on his road to WrestleMania.


The American Nightmare Cody Rhodes recently sat down with Peter Rosenberg on HOT 97, to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked about WWE‘s choice not to save his Royal Rumble return as a surprise and to also place him in the number 30 spot, Rhodes doesn’t think it was a hindrance to his character but understands that it’s a point of contention.

“I think that’s a great point of contention, to your point, and really up to the fans to decide. The way I look at it is this; I want fans to know, again, forever, it was, ‘I’m gonna do this.’ No, he can’t do this. ‘I’m gonna do this.’ No, they can’t do this. I’m telling you now this time. This is what I’m gonna do. I’m telling you, Joe Namath style. I’m calling the shot,” Cody Rhodes said. “I think there’s something that I do like.

“I really didn’t have an opinion on whether it should be a surprise or not, but I do think there’s something about, especially as a character that is being received positively and warmly, ‘Hey, I’m gonna tell you what I’m gonna do, and you’re gonna take the ride with me. But what I’m saying is gonna happen.’ I think there’s something powerful in that messaging. Again, it’s up to the fans. ‘Oh, he should have been a surprise.’ Maybe it would have been different if it was a surprise. Or number 30, not number one? Again, for me, what I think is powerful is calling it, and actually executing it.

“Now, I don’t know if that luck runs out on me because here I am, calling what’s gonna happen at WrestleMania. But for me, at this point in my career, entering the prime of my career, having the best education of any wrestler or superstar in the business, and finally being able to cash in all those points, I’m confident in calling it, and I hope fans of mine, and critics as well, can go, ‘Okay, well, let me watch. I’m gonna follow this.’ I think, having seen those live events and seeing some of the metrics as far as I’m concerned on the shows, it seems like people are vibing with it. It’s a discussion, but a discussion’s the best.”

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