Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes made their WWE debut in 2007. Both men were destined for greatness. Unfortunately, their first stint did not go where they wanted it to go and the two were let go by the company.

McIntyre recently sat down with Cultaholic to talk about Cody’s return to the WWE. The American Nightmare returned to WWE in six years at WrestleMania 38. As McIntyre puts it, the two followed similar paths to WWE.

“It’s about the same [laughs]. It didn’t suddenly change like we’re extra happy or extra sad. Personally, I’m happy to see him back and I know there are a few of us that have been around for a few years that are excited to see Cody back because we’re buddies with him and with his talent, he adds to the show and it’s cool to see how much he’s grown as a performer and as a person.

“Much like myself, when I was gone from the company, I had to go find who I was as a performer and grew up as a man. Cody has done exactly the same and it’s cool. I’ve seen him before he came back and was aware of that. It’s cool to see him back in WWE and I knew, even when he was outside the company, he had that chip on his shoulder like I did and in the back of his mind, ‘when I was younger, this was supposed to happen.’

“As far as we were concerned, I don’t know how the company felt about it, but we were supposed to be champions and we never did it. There is always that in the back of your mind. ‘What if? What could have been?’ I was lucky enough to come back, pull off the big win with the championship a couple of times, plan to get it again, and I know Cody feels the same.

“He literally did the promo, ‘I’m back to win the title my dad never won.’ I knew that was something in the back of his mind because we both had very similar experiences with being young and promised the world, but at the same time, it fell on us and we weren’t able to finish the job and we had to go away to find ourselves to come back to inevitably to finish that job.”

Cody will take on Seth Rollins in a rematch from their Mania encounter at WrestleMania Backlash. McIntyre, on the other hand, is expected to main event the show against Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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