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Ricky Starks reacts to viral photo of him backstage at WWE Royal Rumble.

As was noted earlier, there’s a viral photo of Ricky Starks arriving backstage at the WWE Royal Rumble last night. WWE’s John Cone is also pictured in the photo.

The photo looks like it may have come from a surveillance camera screenshot and it began to go viral on various social media sites earlier today. That led to some conspiracies to pop up that Starks may be looking at a WWE job at some point.

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We don’t know when Starks’ AEW deal runs out but he signed around June of 2020. The photo below does not mean anything one way or the other and he’s not the only wrestler from a competing company to appear backstage at a WWE show. In fact, there have been instances of current WWE talent visiting backstage at other wrestling shows.

Starks seemingly reacted to the photo on Twitter (scroll down for his tweet) by making a joke about “GTV,” the storyline that played out for weeks around 1998-99 on WWE TV. The storyline was that someone was setting up surveillance footage in different areas of the arena. Unfortunately, the story never reached a conclusion but for years, there’s been speculation that Goldust would have been the person revealed behind the GTV videos



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Colt Cabana’s AEW return did not go unnoticed by WWE.

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Colt Cabana’s return last night on Dynamite went over well with the fans in attendance and those posting on social media and it appears that WWE was paying attention too.

WrestleVotes tweeted today that Cabana’s return did not go unnoticed by people at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, CT. WrestleVotes tweeted, “Colt Cabana showing up on Dynamite last night didn’t go unnoticed in Stamford. That’s all I’ll say on that right now…”

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What that means is anyone’s guess but some are already between the lines and speculating that this means that WWE might be interested in bringing Punk back as a way to take a big shot at AEW. Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE was seen as a blow to AEW at the time and getting Punk back, one of the top draws in the company, would be a way to send another message that the war is still on between both companies.

The likelihood of Punk wrestling again for AEW seems unlikely but in WWE, the word is that Triple H’s stance on Punk has changed so never say never on seeing Punk at WrestleMania again.

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Cody Rhodes speaks on his wrong decisions and losing AEW title.

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Cody Rhodes appeared on “Out of Character with Ryan Satin” to talk about his decision to return to WWE after spending 3 years in AEW.

Cody was asked what he meant when he stated that he wasn’t mature enough to be in the role of VP at AEW:

“I think that role, I did well with it. I was very active. I did start the community department. Brandi did bring culture city into the wrestling and sports entertainment space. So we were very active in terms of all the facets and assets of that gig.”



“We wanted a wrestling company brought to you by wrestlers, for sure, that’s a huge part of the mission. But maybe it would have been better served for me at age 45 than it did at age, you know, 33, or whatever it was, I am just now entering the prime of my career. So to make political decisions, like boxing myself out of winning a world championship, those decisions, in hindsight, were not the correct decisions and what I should have been doing.”

“I’m the best wrestler in the world. I can tell you that without it sounding braggadocious and it’s simply because this is all I do. I trained to do it. I live and breathe it, I have a school here with four rings. I treat this like an athlete in the NFL would treat a game.”

“But with that in mind, I would need to go and be that. I wanted to be both and it was just too difficult, and that’s where I did not have the maturity to balance it. It wasn’t a matter of being one of the boys versus not because I’m no longer just one of the boys. I love it and wish I could be one, but I’ve been in this position before. I’ve been on the other side. I’ve been in these production meetings and things of that nature and I’ve been part of the technical production. But I just think it would have served me better a little later in my life when I could look at a show and say I don’t want to be in the top spot.”

“You need that good competition in your locker room, that positive real competition, and if I can’t be the best wrestler in the world on television because I’m afraid I’m going to offend colleagues, because I am also their boss, that was the situation we were in and I just played it in the middle. There was only so much playing in the middle I could do.”

“Now I’m not in charge of anything other than me and being a pro wrestler. I say to you, I’m the best wrestler in the world, and I felt like it for years. But now we’re in a situation where I do have to be careful of how I say it because I’m not carrying the belt. Brock and Roman combined these championships and you have your undisputed WWE Universal Championship. That’s the big one. I don’t have it. So that may be the main difference between me and the other best wrestler in the world is that one of them is wearing the title and one isn’t.”

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Cody Rhodes explains his backstage discussion with Triple H.

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There was some bad blood between Cody Rhodes and Triple H because of how things were handled during Cody’s previous run in WWE. There were some jabs taken from both sides while Cody was in AEW. Cody was asked if he saw Triple H at WrestleMania 38:

“I did. I was kind of careful. I wasn’t too careful. In the media scrum. I didn’t really say what that interaction was like, because I think that interaction to him may just be normal. Here is, you know, upper management and one of the greatest of all time going through a lot himself. Maybe just talking to me was another Tuesday, but for me, it wasn’t. It was different because he is one of my favorites.”



“I really did model a great portion of what I was doing on how he had modeled a lot of The Game brand. But also, I was very, very angry and that anger remains as far as how we saw each other, how he saw me, and what I wanted to do. I wanted to channel that anger differently. But it was just a really touching moment. I didn’t tell anybody what he said, and I won’t, but it was a touching moment.”

“I hear people say you shouldn’t trust them. Above all, I trust myself. I do. I think I’m the best in the world at what we do and that’s because I work at it, I continue to work at it, and I want to and love working at it. But that was a nice moment.”

“You know, it’s not full circle though until it happens in the ring. I know I’m not expecting anything and we’re not talking about anyone coming out of retirement or anything, but wrestlers are this weird, cathartic species where it’s not real until we do it out there. My brother’s a prime example. The closest we’ve ever been to airing our problems out and just sharing our love with one another was when we beat each other half to death and bled literal buckets over each other. There’s something about when you’re in the ring and that experience, so I look forward to that moment, if it ever happens.”

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WWE’s internal list of top babyfaces not entirely accurate.

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There was a lot of chatter this week about the internal babyface ranking list that states that Cody Rhodes is number 2 behind Bobby Lashley and ahead of AJ Styles.

It turns out that the list is not exactly accurate, as first reported by Ringside News. RSN reports that the initial report on the listing is something that was put together by Bruce Prichard and Ed Koskey. A WWE source stated the following: “Then, every few months, Vince does not like the way it looks and he moves names around.”

The source added that the report is “supposed to be the order of who is number one and number two and down the list, but it’s subjective and nothing is official unless Vince signs off on it” and that it’s not definitive and everything in WWE has to get Vince McMahon’s blessing.

It was also noted that the writers’ assistants update the rosters on a daily basis and while the leaked list is a good reference, it is not “an accurate look inside the company.” Ricochet is a recent example of the constant changes in WWE. A couple of weeks ago he was slotted as the number 2 babyface on SmackDown and then he wasn’t booked for WrestleMania.

At this point, it looks like WWE is all in with Cody’s push as one of the top names on the roster. He is scheduled for a rematch with Seth Rollins at WrestleMania Backlash and things seem to be trending towards an eventual shot at the WWE Universal Championship. Of course, plans can always change in WWE and Cody is considered a top star right now but that may not be the case in 6 months. His treatment in WWE will be interesting to keep an eye on.

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Booker T speaks on people wanting to see him win against Triple H.

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On this week’s “Reality of Wrestling,” Booker T talked about his trainee Rok-C making her WWE debut, as well as the path he sees ahead for The Rock, Roman Reigns, and how Cody Rhodes fits in.

Booker T talking about Rok-C joining NXT:

“I just want to congratulate Rok-C who made her NXT debut under the name Roxanne Perez,” Booker said.

“I just want to say, man, it’s awesome seeing the young lions of Reality of Wrestling go out there and perform at a very, very high level. I try not to take a whole lot of credit, but I must say the stars of Reality of Wrestling, once they get the shine on, boom, it shines very, very bright. So guys, keep doing what you’re doing.”

“We got a few more, I’m sure, that’s going to be getting the rub pretty soon and getting the chance to shine a little light as well. So Rok-C, we sure appreciate you for representing Reality of Wrestling oh so well, and doing it like it’s supposed to be done.”

Booker T was asked, “With the rumors of Rock returning to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39, can Cody Rhodes be WWE Champion?”

Booker responded, “I don’t see why Cody can’t take the title off Roman. Roman could easily get it back by WrestleMania. So we got plenty of time to be able to switch that back if that’s the route we’re going to go.”

“I hate booking matches or anything like that. I hate going there. But for me, this is a case of, you know, give the fans something totally different and unique. We’ve talked about it. There’s no way that we cannot give the people exactly the story as written. A lot of people want to see that story. A lot of people wanted to see me win against Triple H. Just think about how many people are still talking about that story today because it didn’t happen.”

“Cody is in a position for that to happen for him. It seems to be something that we’re working towards happening here relatively quickly. So for me, from a promoter standpoint, having a small little company here in Texas called Reality of Wrestling, I would put the rocket on him and put the title on him, and boom, create some magic.”

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Cody Rhodes slotted internally as number 2 babyface behind Lashley.

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It’s clear that WWE is fully behind Cody Rhodes right now as one of the top babyfaces on Monday Night Raw and it appears that he will eventually challenge for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at some point.

Rhodes got his first WWE Raw win in six years last night against The Miz and he is now on the path towards a rematch with Seth Rollins at WrestleMania Backlash.

PWInsider is reporting that internally, Cody Rhodes is slotted as the number two babyface on the brand, second to Bobby Lashley. AJ Styles is listed as the number 3 babyface.

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Lashley is currently in a feud with Omos, Rhodes is feuding with Seth Rollins and AJ Styles is involved with Edge and his faction.

On SmackDown, Roman Reigns is obviously listed as the number one heel for SmackDown and the top babyface is Drew McIntyre. Reigns vs. McIntyre is listed for upcoming house shows.

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Cody Rhodes’ use of banned words on WWE Raw was intentional.

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Last night when Cody Rhodes joined The Miz on Miz TV, he was corrected and told that the word “belt” refers to something that holds your pants up, and “wrestlers” in WWE are referred to as “Superstars.”

As everyone knows, the word “belt” and “wrestler” are banned in WWE, per Vince McMahon’s edict and it’s been that way for many years. At first, it looked like this was a simple mistake by Cody but it turns out that this was all part of the script.

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that part of Cody’s gimmick is to say things that aren’t allowed.

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“This is all scripted. His gimmick apparently is that he gets to say the words that nobody else gets to say and gets corrected.” Bryan Alvarez said, “I think his gimmick is he’s an AEW guy.”

At one point during the segment, Rhodes said that Miz is “full of” before stopping himself from saying the word. In AEW, the “sh–” word can be said multiple times.

For now, it comes across as Cody being the “AEW guy” without AEW actually being mentioned. During his WrestleMania match, Rollins could be heard telling Cody “welcome back to the big leagues.” Cody Rhodes defeated The Miz last night in a singles match and he will have his rematch with Seth Rollins at WrestleMania Backlash

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WWE Raw plans for Cody Rhodes changed shortly before going on air.

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Last week when Cody Rhodes opened up Raw after WrestleMania, the plan was not for him to kick off the show. In fact, the internal run sheet did not list Rhodes as kicking off the show until after 7 pm eastern.

Fightful is reporting that Rhodes was originally scheduled to close out the show but plans changed late in the day just before they went on the air.

The report states, “On Monday, the Cody Rhodes segment was scripted to go on last, even appearing internally as such until about a little after 7 PM EST. We weren’t told a reason the Cody and Reigns segments were flipped.”

What ended up closing the show was Roman Reigns’ in-ring promo where he teased that fans would find out his next step during Friday Night SmackDOwn.

Rhodes’ promo was reportedly 100 percent scripted despite claims that he was not scripted. Rhodes is scheduled for Raw in a match against The Miz. That may end up being an angle because Rhodes is listed for matches against Seth Rollins at the house shows.

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Brandi Rhodes may be getting an on-screen role in WWE.

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Fans of Brandi Rhodes may get to see her again very soon on WWE television.

Fightful is reporting that there have been conversations between Brandi and influential WWE names about her getting an on-screen role. It’s unclear if this means that she will wrestle or if this would be something that would not require her to take bumps. Brandi had been working hard to improve in the ring during her time in AEW and she has expressed a desire to wrestle more.

For what it’s worth, Seth Rollins seems to be supportive of Brandi returning to in-ring action. During a WrestleMania panel last Sunday, Rollins and Becky Lynch were asked who they would want to wrestle in a mixed tag team match. Lynch named Beth Phoenix and Edge and Rollins named Cody and Brandi Rhodes.

In related news, Fightful confirmed that Cody Rhodes’ WWE Raw promo was scripted. That was first reported by Ringside News. While WWE is not giving him full creative freedom on the microphone, a lot of what Cody said sounded like what he would say so it appears that he had input on what he could say. WWE has also gone above and beyond to accommodate Cody by letting him use the same theme he used in AEW and he keeps the same look and outfit. In the behind-the-scenes video posted on WWE’s YouTube channel, Cody noted that he was kept in a bus for most of the day and he told The Ringer podcast that very few people, except “the OGs,” were aware ahead of time that he would be in Dallas.

Cody is scheduled to wrestle The Miz this Monday night on Raw but he is advertised for house show matches against Rollins so it’s unclear right now who he will be feuding with on television. Last week on Raw, Rollins shook Cody’s hand but Byron Saxton wondered aloud what Rollins was up to, thus hinting that the Rollins vs. Rhodes story is not done yet. Meanwhile, Miz seems to be on the path to a rematch with Logan Paul.

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Cody Rhodes’ WWE Raw promo was 100% scripted.

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This week during an interview on WWE’s The Bump show, Cody Rhodes stated that his promo on Raw was unscripted.

Rhodes talked about his father Dusty Rhodes not being able to win the WWWF Title in 1977 from Superstar Billy Graham because he won via countout. Rhodes then proceeded to say that his goal was to do what his father was unable to do and win the WWE Championship.

While it’s clear that a lot of what Cody said during his promo was real to him, there are conflicting reports about the scripted/unscripted nature of the promo. Cody talked about the complex nature of his WWE contract and it is believed that being able to keep his entrance music and the same look he had in AEW was part of the deal to get him to sign with WWE but it does not look like he has total freedom on the microphone.

Ringside News reported that a member of the Raw writing team confirmed that everything Cody said on Monday was “100% scripted.” The creative team member reportedly said, “Cody’s promo was scripted and approved by Vince on Friday.”

It was also reported that the promo was scripted all the way down to the pause before he asked “or did it?” and that Vince McMahon included notes for the script about the handshake with Seth Rollins. The notes included details on who would extend their hand out first.

Based on what was said, it’s clear that Cody was given a lot of input on what he could talk about but at this point, it doesn’t look like Vince is willing to give total creative control for his promos

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Cody Rhodes’ Raw promo not scripted.

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After making his WWE return at WrestleMania 38 where he beat Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes promised to make his intentions clear on Monday Night Raw. That promo was about how his father’s goal of becoming WWE Champion was never accomplished. He wanted to do it for his father and he failed to give him the title himself while Dusty was still alive, but now is back to still achieving that goal to honor his father.

While appearing on WWE’s The Bump, Rhodes commented on his promo from the Raw after WrestleMania and stated it was unscripted.

“I was just able to go out and speak in an unscripted, raw fashion and tell a story about my dad that not everybody knows,” Rhodes said.“I actually have the title I spoke about but not everybody knows that story. That was my original impetus and whole origin story on wanting to be a wrestler. So, to be able to tell the world that was very special.”

He described the promo as, “incredibly real, from the heart, not scripted.”

He said it was a good precedent to set for him regarding being back in WWE and part of the team. He said he knows what he is doing with the microphone and doesn’t need to be told what to say.

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Cody Rhodes pushed to bring MJF into AEW: Tony Khan.

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Tony Khan appeared on “Wrestling with Freddie” this week to talk about challenges he saw going into AEW, what actually ended up being a challenge, and the first time he saw MJF.

Tony Khan was asked to talk about what challenges he thought were going to be hard ended up being easy and vice versa when starting AEW:

“The biggest things to me were, I think, is that when you get in, you’re kind of learning from the ground up because you have all these experiences watching wrestling on television, and then you get to work in a company and a lot of what you believe as a fan really translates to the business, and a lot of things you’re seeing for the first time when you get behind the curtain,” Khan said.

“For my first show, I had big picture ideas, big picture thoughts, like, I felt really strongly about certain aspects of the card. For example, Kenny Omega versus Chris Jericho, I really felt like it had to be the first main event. It had done huge business for New Japan as the main event of the Dome show a year prior. I really felt like a big part of my business case was seeing how successful that show had been around the world and knowing that bringing that to America, on American Pay-Per-View, there would be an audience for that match.”

Tony continued, “From the beginning, I was entering it as an educated wrestling fan and put a business plan together from the beginning. So as far as challenges, like you have ideas that are great ideas, and there’s a big difference between booking on paper and booking in real life because you’re dealing with actual human beings, and it’s very different dealing with people than dealing with wrestlers on paper or in your imagination.”

“I was overseeing everything, but it was probably more of a collaborative thing the first several months. I just felt like it wasn’t as organized as I would like it to be,” he revealed.

“We had risen to such great heights. It was such a great opportunity, and it was all so close. At the end of 2019, we launched the show. It had a huge debut, did really good ratings, and now are doing really great ratings these past few years. But after the first two months or so, maybe even after the first six or seven weeks, I started to see a dip. I think it was probably around late November into December, and it continued through December. It was a trend. I didn’t like the way the ratings were going, and clearly the way the ratings were reflecting that the fans didn’t like the direction I was going or we were going. So I made a lot of changes going into 2020 that I felt really good about in terms of being more organized and doing all shows by hand. They’ve been a lot more focused. It’s great having lots of ideas coming from lots of different places, and I do utilize them and have lots of different contributors bringing ideas to the table, but it’s hard”

Tony Khan talking about the first time he saw MJF:

“The first time I saw him was on MLW. That summer of 2018 was really big for me,” he said.

“The only people that really first took this seriously were Matt Jackson and Chris Jericho. I talked to both of them almost every day. From there, they brought in a lot of other really good people. Obviously, Matt brought Nick, his brother, and his wife, Dana runs our merchandising, and she’s a big part of the company too, and then obviously, with Kevin, Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes.”

“When I went to talk to Matt, I wanted to get the Bullet Club together, especially in particular, the Elite with Matt, Nick and Kenny, which I thought was the best trio in the world. I really saw Kenny coming in as a singles headliner, and Matt and Nick as the top tag team, and I wanted to get Jericho,” Tony said.

“The business case, I knew there were a couple things happening. So let me go back to MJF who was the person you asked about and that’s the person we’re focusing on here. But the way I found him was on MLW. I was watching a ton of wrestling, and other people liked him too. Once I started talking to Cody, Cody brought up that he thought that would be great. In my scouting, he was one of the first people I saw outside of that group of names I just mentioned.”

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Raw: Cody Rhodes takes on Kevin Owens in dark match | Videos.

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WWE sent the fans home happy tonight after Monday Night Raw went off the air with a dark match that featured Cody Rhodes.

As seen below, Cody faced Kevin Owens after the show went off the air. Cody won the match in about 6 minutes. At one point during the match, KO taunted Cody with the Young Bucks pose.

The Rock’s mother, Ata Johnson, was in attendance at ringside and she held Owens while Cody hit chops to the chest and his bionic elbow. Rhodes won the match with the Cross Rhodes and then Rhodes grabbed the mic and said goodnight to the fans.

The “fan” mentioned in the clip below is Ata Johnson.

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Cody Rhodes Gives Emotional Speech About His Father.

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Cody Rhodes kicked off tonight’s WWE Raw after WrestleMania show.

Cody said it’s 47 days since the news about his free agency. He talked about “nonsense” theories about his decision to return to WWE. He said his decision to return was not difficult and he referenced “the star that left them in the dust” and he’s signed a multi-year agreement with WWE.

Cody said any glimmers of doubt and trepidation were eradicated on Saturday night when he returned to defeat Seth Rollins. Cody then showed a photo of Dusty Rhodes from September 27, 1977. The photo, shown on the big screen showed Dusty holding the WWWF Title. Cody said that Dusty was a lot of things to people but “to me, he was my hero.”

Cody said that the photo was on the mantle of his parent’s bedroom until Dusty’s last day. Cody said Dusty never won the WWWF Title because he won his match via countout. Cody said he knew at 8 years old that he would win that championship belt and he would place it into Dusty’s hands unfortunately that dream died but while he can’t physically put the title in his father’s hands, he can still put it around the waist of The American Nightmare.

Cody added that he is finally ready and he is going to win the WWE Championship for himself, his family and for The American Dream Dusty Rhodes. At that point, Seth Rollins walked out to the ring. Cody put his hand out and Seth Rollins shook his hand.



Watch How It Happened – Seth Rollins Finally Shows Respect To Cody Rhodes.

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Cody Rhodes kicked off tonight’s WWE Raw after WrestleMania show.

Cody said it’s 47 days since the news about his free agency. He talked about “nonsense” theories about his decision to return to WWE. He said his decision to return was not difficult and he referenced “the star that left them in the dust” and he’s signed a multi-year agreement with WWE.

Cody said any glimmers of doubt and trepidation were eradicated on Saturday night when he returned to defeat Seth Rollins. Cody then showed a photo of Dusty Rhodes from September 27, 1977. The photo, shown on the big screen showed Dusty holding the WWWF Title. Cody said that Dusty was a lot of things to people but “to me, he was my hero.”

Cody said that the photo was on the mantle of his parent’s bedroom until Dusty’s last day. Cody said Dusty never won the WWWF Title because he won his match via countout. Cody said he knew at 8 years old that he would win that championship belt and he would place it into Dusty’s hands unfortunately that dream died but while he can’t physically put the title in his father’s hands, he can still put it around the waist of The American Nightmare.

Cody added that he is finally ready and he is going to win the WWE Championship for himself, his family and for The American Dream Dusty Rhodes. At that point, Seth Rollins walked out to the ring. Cody put his hand out and Seth Rollins shook his hand.



Cody Rhodes acquires WWWF Title from Dan Lambert.

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Variety posted an interview with WWE star Cody Rhodes. The interview was conducted a couple of days ago.

Cody revealed that A&E is doing a documentary on his father, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.

He said, “I also just wanted to share with you because I haven’t been able to share with anyone, I’m really excited that A&E is doing a documentary on my dad. To be able to be the executive producer on it and not have that even be in question and to be able to coordinate people who really were in his life and to tell his story, that’s a big part of this journey as well. To see that and have that crew there as well. Part of his journey is part of mine.”

Cody also noted that he acquired the WWWF Championship belt that Dusty and Bruno Sammartino fought over. Cody said that Dan Lambert gave it to him at no cost.

Everyone should check out the Variety interview by clicking here.

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Cody Rhodes returns to WWE, faces Seth Rollins | video.

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It’s official. Cody Rhodes has signed with WWE and he is confirmed to be the mystery opponent for Seth Rollins at WWE WrestleMania 38. He came out to the “Kingdom” theme he used in AEW and he got the rising entrance from under the stage.

Notes from the match:

Rollins had a choir for his entrance. Cody got a massive pop as a top-tier star would. Cody hit some offense on Rollins and then Cody did the old Stardust dance and gesture to symbolize that he is brushing off the past. Cody got in most of the offense in the first couple of minutes.

Cody and Seth tried to suplex each other but they ended up crashing hard over the top rope and to the floor. Cody shoved Rollins in the ring post and he continued to work on the arm as they moved back into the ring. After taking a kick to the mid section, Rollins fought back with a kick to the head but Cody grabbed the arm again and he drove Rollins to the mat.

Cody went for a crossbody off the top but Rollins hit him with a dropkick. Rollins hit a gutbuster and then he attempted the pin. Rollins yelled “welcome back to the big leagues b*tch” as he hit forearms to Cody’s back. Rollins hit a back elbow and a chop but Cody hit a forearm and powerslam. Cody then clotheslined Rollins over the top rope and then did a dive onto Rollins at ringside. Cody’s back burns haven’t healed from that fire spot on AEW Dynamite from a couple of months ago. Cody hit a moonsault and he overshot but he got enough that they could save it. Rhodes tried the Disaster kick but Rollins caught him and powerbombed him onto the barricade. Back in the ring, Rollins hit the Falcon Arrow and almost pinned Rhodes. They countered their finishers, Rollins rolled up Rhodes, he kicked out and Rhodes hit the Cross Rhodes but Rollins kicked out. Huge pop. Rhodes tried a move off the top but Rollins recovered and knocked him onto the turnbuckle. Rollins then executed an inverted superplex off the top turnbuckle, followed by another one. Rhodes kicked out of the pin attempt. Rollins missed a Phoenix splash, Rollins avoids the pedigree, Cody powerbombs Rollins. Cody hit the Cody Cutter off the top rope and Rollins kicked out again. Rollins hit the pedigree but Cody kicked out of the pin attempt. They traded chops and punches. Rollins hit rolling elbows to the face and one to the back of the head. Cody hit the Cross Rhodes two more times, followed by the Dusty Rhodes flip flop and fly. Wow, amazing reaction from the crowd. He hit another Cross Rhodes and pinned Rollins

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Cody Rhodes says has nothing but respect for Young Bucks, Kenny Omega.

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In a post-WWE WrestleMania interview, Cody Rhodes talked about his return to WWE.

Rhodes said he is so happy and he didn’t know what to expect when he returned. He talked about his last WrestleMania as Stardust and while he had a good time, he knew it was time to leave.

Rhodes never thought that he would veer back to WWE but it was the easiest decision he ever made. He said that he strayed away from the spector of Dusty Rhodes for 16 years and he got into the business to win the “big one” and he won’t get the chance to do it. He said that sometimes it’s not about what’s for him but more about his family.



He said he cherishes tonight forever because that was a true Texas crowd. He said that he means no disrespect to anyone else but it was time for him to come back to WWE. He joked that his WWE return was the worst kept secret in wrestling.

Rhodes said that he’s had to be silent for 40-something days and he felt the love from the fans and he felt like he got a literally win tonight. He also showed off a shirt and said that WWE took his advice about putting his dog Pharaoh on it.

Rhodes told Variety that he does not plan on doing any shoot interviews so don’t expect to hear him trashing AEW. He said that he wishes them well. Rhodes told Variety: “I mean, there were things about money and creative control. They were printed as fact and it’s been a very difficult two months to see that, when the reality is it was just time. It was a personal matter and we couldn’t move past it. I have nothing but respect for Matt [Jackson], Nick [Jackson] and Kenny [Omega]. I’m rooting for Tony Khan. His name is going to be in the history books as someone who helped to bankroll and support this entire alternative and revolution that AEW became but for me, it was just time to to move on. I get an opportunity at my dream, I get another chance at it. And you really can’t leave any stone unturned with that.”

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Cody Rhodes’ WrestleMania update.

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WrestlingNews.co was told by people who are backstage that Cody Rhodes has not been seen all day and he hasn’t been seen at the WWE hotel. That doesn’t mean anything because WWE will typically hide big name surprises in a bus to prevent leaks from getting out. Rhodes was also not backstage at the Hall Of Fame or at any WWE-related events.

WrestleVotes strongly hinted today that Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins is still on for tonight. The WrestleVotes account tweeted, “Happy #WrestleMania Saturday. May adrenaline fill all of your souls on this wonderful night.”

Rhodes’ “Kingdom” theme song includes the line, “Adrenaline, in my soul” for those of you that don’t know what WrestleVotes was referencing in the tweet.

In recent days, Rhodes and/or people close to him reportedly have floated the idea that he could still back out but the reality is that he signed his WWE contract several weeks ago.

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Cody Rhodes’ allies still think he won’t appear at WrestleMania.

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Cody Rhodes is expected to be revealed as Vince McMahon’s chosen opponent for Seth Rollins at WWE WrestleMania 38 this weekend. Following his departure from AEW last month after the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on terms for a new deal, Rhodes started talking with WWE regarding a return and has reportedly signed a deal with them.

While speaking with Denise Salcedo, Dave Meltzer was asked what the reaction would be if WWE swerved the fans with someone else other than Rhodes at WrestleMania 38. This is where he noted that he knows people close to Rhodes who think he may still back out of returning.

“Depending on who it is, it better be somebody good because…everyone expects it and they kind of have to deliver it I suppose. If it’s not him, it’s his choosing, it’s not theirs. They believe it’s him. They believe that’s the guy. If for whatever reason he backs out because he’s going to back out, I don’t expect that to happen, but I know people close to him who do so what the hell. We’ll have to see how it plays out.”

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Backstage news on WWE’s plans for Cody Rhodes’ look and entrance music.

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There has been a lot of speculation as to what music Cody Rhodes will use when he returns to WWE. There’s also been some talk/concern from fans that WWE might want to change his character, as Vince McMahon has done with many wrestlers that debut/return.

As of now, it looks like there is a good chance that fans will see the same Cody Rhodes that fans saw in AEW, and WrestleVotes is reporting that two people high up in the company have expressed that the visual of him crossing the line as the “American Nightmare” is significant.



WrestleVotes tweeted, “Two very high profile people were adamant to the boss that if (when) Cody Rhodes arrives, he should be exactly what he was in AEW. Presentation, ring gear, theme music, pyro, etc. The visual impact of the ‘American Nightmare’ crossing the line is significant here.”

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Cody owns his theme song so he would be able to use it in WWE. He was Stardust during his last run but it’s very unlikely that he would be used that way again and all signs point to him getting a big push, at least in the short term.

As many of you know by now, it’s expected that Cody will wrestle Seth Rollins at WrestleMania

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Cody Rhodes not certain of showing on WWE TV until WrestleMania.

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It was confirmed last week that Cody Rhodes has signed with WWE he might not appear tonight on Monday Night Raw or any of the weekly TV shows before WrestleMania.

Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that the impression he was given was that they would do the same thing they did when The Hardy Boyz returned at WrestleMania a few years ago. Everyone knows that Cody is coming but they want the big pop for his return.

Meltzer said, “Every impression I have is that he’s doing the Hardys thing where you show up on the day of the show. I mean he could show up tomorrow. We got two Raw’s left.” Meltzer elaborated on what he meant when he mentioned The Hardys, “Like The Hardys when they showed up on the day of the show at WrestleMania.”



Meltzer added, “I know that that’s been talked about.”

Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins is the plan for WrestleMania and the story is that Seth Rollins does not have a match for the show. WWE can do what they did with John Cena a few years back and just have Rollins show up on the show and then demand a match. That would be where Cody Rhodes shows up.

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Chris Jericho confirmed Cody Rhodes’ WWE signing.

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Chris Jericho welcomed trademark attorney Mike Dockins as his guest on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast. Dockins handles trademark issues for professional wrestlers, including many of the wrestlers that work for AEW.

While describing what Dockins does, Jericho confirmed that Cody Rhodes has signed with WWE. The news was previously confirmed by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and later by PWInsider before Jericho said it on his podcast.

“I’m pulling back the curtain a little bit on the wrestling business,” Jericho said on Talk Is Jericho. “You’re gonna discover how I’ve been able to be Chris Jericho no matter what company I work for or where I wrestle. You’ll hear how Danhausen gets to keep his name and gimmick from promotion to promotion. How Cody got to reclaim Rhodes from WWE even though he’s back in WWE…”



There’s very little doubt that Rhodes will be appearing on WWE TV in the very near future. Dave Meltzer stated on Wrestling Observer Radio that there has been consideration given to having Rhodes not appear until WrestleMania.

However, this past Monday, Seth Rollins said that he will kick off Raw this Monday and the show would not proceed until he has a path to WrestleMania. His verbiage made it sound as if Rhodes might appear this Monday night.

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WWE: Seth Rollins acknowledges Cody Rhodes rumors, destroys ringside and vows to get himself into WrestleMania.

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Once again, Seth Rollins was unable to get himself a match at WWE WrestleMania but he promises that he will make it happen next week.

For weeks, WWE has been pushing that Rollins does not have a path to WrestleMania. He would have been inserted into the show if he defeated Kevin Owens last week but that didn’t happen.

On this week’s show, Rollins was able to get a match with AJ Styles and if Rollins won then he would go on to face Edge at WrestleMania. Rollins lost via disqualification when Edge went out to ringside and attacked Styles with a steel chair.

Rollins was upset and declared that this is “bulls*t” and that next week, Raw will not happen until he gets his match for Mania. Fans chanted for Cody Rhodes as Rollins destroyed the ringside area.



It’s no secret to the fans who attend shows that it will be Rollins vs. Rhodes and there were louder chants for Cody earlier in the show. Rollins acknowledged the chants as he referenced “rumors.” Earlier in the show when the fans chanted for Cody, Rollins said the following: “Rumors are a lot of fun, but rumors don’t make moments and I am living for my Wrestlemania moment.”

It looks like it’s possible that Cody will appear on next week’s show but Dave Meltzer stated on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE has been considering holding off on Cody’s appearance until WrestleMania, similar to how the Hardy’s returned at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.

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