Cody Rhodes was out of action since Hell In A Cell last year, in an instant classic match against Seth Rollins. The American Nightmare was on the shelf for a long time due to a torn pectoral muscle. Before the match, he even had a talk with Vince McMahon, which ended up encouraging Cody Rhodes.

The American Nightmare made a triumphant return to the company at WrestleMania 38 after a six-year hiatus, stunning audiences as The Visionary’s surprise adversary. Over the course of three intense matches, the two competitors battled it out, with the finale being a brutal Hell in a Cell encounter.

The two ended up having a five-star classic, despite the fact that Cody Rhodes looked brutalized due to his torn pectoral muscle. In the end, he earned the respect of fans and pro wrestlers alike thanks to this.

While speaking with Logan Paul on his IMPAULSIVE podcast, Cody Rhodes recalled the conversation he had with Vince McMahon before the match. McMahon made it clear he’d call off the match if it was necessary.

“I wasn’t going to have it any other way. I had to have the match at least. It [the medical exam] was simple, it was completely torn, there was nothing else that could happen to it. [Vince] knew I wasn’t going to take ‘no.’ I had a great conversation with him and he was really clear about, ‘Hey man, if you’re struggling out there, we’ve got to call it.

I was just on Planet Z. I was in shock. You know, shock puke where you feel like you’re going to vomit? Like, when you break a bone or whatever? I hit something up front and thought, nope, and I sat right up.”

Cody Rhodes won the Men’s Royal Rumble match and chose Roman Reigns as his WrestleMania 39 opponent. We will have to wait and see how the match will turn out in April.

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