Cody Rhodes’ comeback to WWE during WrestleMania 38 was greatly anticipated and his entrance captivated audiences. A year later, Rhodes has established himself as one of the top names in the entire organization. In fact, Rhodes now believes The Rock doesn’t need to return for WrestleMania 39.
Cody Rhodes made a triumphant return to the ring at the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble, stunning fans as the 30th entrant. With his highly anticipated confrontation against arch-nemesis Seth Rollins, Rhodes electrified the match, adding even more intensity to an already unforgettable event.
In fact, Rhodes ended up winning the match and punched his ticket to WrestleMania. Rhodes’ storyline is one of the most compelling in WWE right now, as he is simply destined to ‘complete the story’ of winning a World Title, something that his father Dusty Rhodes never did in WWE.
The Rock was supposed to compete at WrestleMania 39, but that is no longer happening as he simply does not have enough time to get ready for a match at the Show of Shows, disappointing fans.
While speaking to Alex McCarthy of Daily Mail, Cody commented on the ongoing story between Sami and The Bloodline. Cody added that he believes The Rock doesn’t need to return for WrestleMania 39.
“I love that you bring it up that these stories are running parallel, I think sometimes wrestling fans think it’s got to one or it’s got to me the other, whereas I subscribe – and I’m not in charge – I subscribe to give them everything. 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 – and I would say Seth Rollins is another example on Raw 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,” he said.
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. 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. 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. 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.”
The company is also releasing lots of merchandise for him, and some of it will center around his recent pectoral injury. He will challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Titles at WrestleMania 39, so we’ll have to see if Rhodes will win the match in the end.
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