Cody Rhodes appeared at WWE The Bump today to talk about his return to WWE at WrestleMania 38.
Cody’s return was one of the highlights of WrestleMania 38, but it was more emotional for Cody himself to jump from AEW, a company which he helped build up from the ground, to back to WWE. He was asked why this was the right to come back. Cody said it was the right time to move forward from AEW.
It just was time. I really don’t know how else to put it. I love what I had been doing. So proud of it. I have come from another company and I loved everything about it. But, I needed to move forward. And I elaborated on it on RAW. And, It was amazing. I was able to go out and speak in a RAW fashion and tell a story about my dad that not everybody knows. Some fans know because I posted about it. That was my whole impetus, my origin story of wanting to become a wrestler. So, to be able to tell the world was very special. That was a lot of fun Monday, and a lot of fun online.
The discussion went toward Cody’s grand entrance at WrestleMania when he walked out to face Seth Rollins. Cody was asked about what kind of emotions and adrenaline were going through him. Cody replied that he was in kind of a trance and was not thinking much.
I was in a bit of a trance. My friend Tony Schiavone told me that it looked like I was in a trance until I got about midway down and realized what was happening, where I was. And it really was the case because.. as much as I just told you, it was time and all those things.. but this was not part of the plan. It’s beautiful the way life is. I did not make any faces. So, as a wrestler, I am always thinking. If you see me touch my teeth to my tongue, smirk or snear, I feel like I am in it. Playing for the cameras, doing what we do as a wrestler. But, for that one, I was in it. It was very heavy. I did not want to put too much pressure on what it would feel like in all of that, but, it felt better than I could have ever imagined. And to get that type of reception, that type of mutual gratitude that the fans have for me and that I have for fans was really felt in Dallas. I needed that as a performer and as a wrestler. I know that was not the proper nomenclature. But, I did need that.
Cody then went on to reveal that he told Brandi to go back to their bus if things go bad during his entrance or during the match.
Another funny thing about it. That part with Brandi and me backstage… It’s not in subtitles, but if you turn up the sound, you can hear it. I told her if you turn awry, go back to the bus.[laughs] Because I did not wrestled for 40 something days. I could have been dragging a** out there, or who knows. I have been the enemy for six years. Fans could have run in on me. Any one of you could have run in on me. It could have been the setup. I was just paranoid wrestler thinking what if these guys all jump me. I told her, if anything goes bad, go back to bus.
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