Cody Rhodes found his niche following his departure from WWE in 2016. Rhodes reinvented himself through indie exposure. His journey led him to co-founding All Elite Wrestling alongside Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, but that wasn’t the end for The American Nightmare.

Cody Rhodes shocked the world when he left AEW in February 2022. The former AEW TNT Champion made his illustrious return to WWE at WrestleMania 38. Rhodes spent the following months feuding with Seth Rollins before taking a hiatus from in-ring competition due to terrible injury.

Rhodes made his return from injury during the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match. He won the match and moved one step closer to fulfilling his dream of main-eventing WrestleMania. Speaking to WWE’s The Bump, The American Nightmare got emotional as he mentioned that WrestleMania will finally be headlined by a Rhodes.

“I’m pointing at the sign because the biggest WrestleMania of all time… the biggest wrestling event of all time, the biggest sports entertainment event of all time is going to be headlined by a Rhodes (breaks down). That’s just, sorry, I fought for so long, and then my dad also fought for so long. We stirred up so much trouble competing against WWE. What kind of world are we living in where we’re like you’re welcomed back in the way you’re welcomed back. And then to be able to finish someone else’s story but also your story… I better not screw this up.”


Elsewhere during the interview, The American Nightmare spoke about how fitting it would be to hold the title that had escaped the hands of his father for so long at the grandest stage of them all, noting that bringing back the ‘Winged Eagle’ version of the WWE Championship is a “pipe dream” of his.

Cody Rhodes is set to take on Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 39. The two-day wrestling extravaganza will emanate from the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. You can read more about WrestleMania 39 right here.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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