Cody Rhodes admits leaving WrestleMania empty-handed would be a ‘failure’: ‘I hope that doesn’t happen’

WrestleMania 39 was a nightmare for many fans. Cody Rhodes returned to WWE as his prodigal son, who had to win the title that had eluded his family for 56 years. He went to sleep empty handed that night, with the undisputed WWE Universal Title still held by Roman Reigns. “The American Nightmare” failed to realize the 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, assured during the post-event press conference. “If I didn’t feel like we had a compelling story on the other side, this decision wouldn’t be made.”

Ending the story has become a popular narrative since April 3rd. Levesque’s words seemed like a veiled promise that Rhodes would win the title at WrestleMania 40. But the scenario has changed and there is an atmosphere of uncertainty. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased his long-awaited dream match with Reigns, which could take priority over Rhodes’ ambitions. It is also a matter of statistics. Reigns is less than five months away from surpassing Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund to become the second-longest reigning world champion in history. WWE would probably like to see that accomplishment.

Ascendant to the throne, Rhodes is a strong candidate for this year’s Immortal Showdown, but his claim doesn’t seem that strong. Maybe this is by design. Rhodes can’t see another WrestleMania come and go without him holding the title.

“Ultimately, it’s a failure. It would be a failed year. I hope it doesn’t happen…” Rhodes told CBS Sports while celebrating another bucket list accomplishment as the WWE 2K24 cover star. “Doubt is a beautiful thing. To have people ride with you. I doubted that Daniel Bryan could survive a match with Triple H and then survive a triple-threat match to get out of WrestleMania 30. could, as they did. But it was a wonderful moment. I don’t mind any kind of doubt. I can’t say anything myself about what’s happening. As far as I I have to be on the straight and narrow about where I want to go and how I want to go. Like getting there.”

Watch the full interview with Cody Rhodes below.

Rhodes can secure his place in the main event of WrestleMania by winning his second consecutive Royal Rumble match on January 27. Becoming WWE Champion is Rhodes’ biggest achievement. Also, having their “WrestleMania moment” is not a requirement but it would definitely be nice.

Rhodes said, “I think it could happen earlier. It could happen later. But I think it would be more enjoyable if it happened at WrestleMania.” “Last year it was about the title, about the championship and the way the match unfolded and being so close to the moment, it’s become a more personal situation now. So I would love to see it at WrestleMania . No doubt never knew about WWE. The flow is pretty wild here.

“I think that’s the story that’s been told throughout my entire career. The story that’s been told since the late ’70s with my father and the WWWF Championship. All that. I don’t think anyone wants to interfere with that And wants to disrupt that in any way he can. Just because it’s been our dominant story and it’s been a real story. And when it’s real, it’s the best.”

WWE’s main event scene is healthier than it has been in a long time. If you were to include every active male Superstar in this year’s Royal Rumble match, you would have 10 credible winners. There were times when you were lucky enough to have two or three. This is a credit to the efforts of the creative team led by Levesque. This is also something in which Rhodes had an indirect hand.

Rhodes was instrumental in founding All Elite Wrestling, a company that brought both Rhodes and CM Punk back to WWE. The latest wrestling boom has provided more opportunities for professional wrestlers to step up their game, encouraging talent and promotions to step up their game. Ironically, it is the diversity of WWE’s main event scene that has taken some of the attention away from Rhodes. He is not bothered by it. It’s something he expects to become more appreciated as the years go by.

“I think as I get older, maybe I’ll become poetic and even more affectionate towards the things I was able to be a part of. The people I was able to team up with. When We were a group, The Bullet Club, The Elite, the idea was to change the world. We really, at least, changed our world.

“The reality is I can name about eight people. If even one of them hadn’t been there, this wouldn’t have happened. No alternative would have existed. It wouldn’t have gotten me to where I am now. All of these factors Of – and the biggest factor is the fans themselves.”

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