Cody Rhodes parted ways with AEW earlier this year and this was certainly a surprise for many fans. Fans believed he was going to WWE and that is what happened in the end. Rhodes also recalled an interesting backstage interaction with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.

The American Nightmare finally made his return to WWE after 6 long years at WrestleMania 38 Night One. He defeated Seth Rollins in a singles match. Steve Austin also made his in-ring return to defeat Kevin Owens.

While speaking during WWE’s post-WrestleMania 38 media scrum, Cody Rhodes recalled meeting Steve Austin during a NJPW show in Long Beach, California. He also compared Steve Austin to Batman during their backstage interaction.

“I have a cool Stone Cold story. The New Japan Long Beach show, I wrestled [Kazuchika] Okada. It was really fun and he’s a tremendous storyteller. I was excited and I always try to get some space afterwards. I went out to the parking lot and [Steve Austin] had come to watch the show and sit on the truck with one of his friends who was producing the show. I didn’t know that.


There were whispers that Steve Austin was there. He started walking with us to the parking lot, it’s Steve Austin, not like ‘Steve Austin,’ it’s the same guy walking to the ring at [WrestleMania 38]. He came up to me in the parking lot and he was telling me about some holds I could do differently and he was giving me some really sincere, genuine advice for wrestling’s most prolific money maker. You had to stop being a fan and listen to what he’s saying. So, I’m listening, and all this press and media slowly coming. Right as they got closer, he patted me on the shoulder, turned around, and walked off into the darkness. There was no car, no hotel. It was like Batman. It was legit like Batman. There were people like, ‘Where did he go?’ He was gone. I don’t know if he turned the corner and sprinted. It was a really special thing. We got to have that moment again [at Mania]. He said, ‘that was the match you needed to have. Hearing that from the guy going on last, yup, thank you.”

Fans were simply glad to see The Texas Rattlesnake wrestle after so long and that is what matters in the end. As for Cody Rhodes, it remains to be seen whether he will fare better this time around.

h/t Fightful

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