Fans were left stunned at the end of WrestleMania 39 when Roman Reigns retained the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship after defeating Cody Rhodes. Many believed that Cody would “finish the story” and dethrone Reigns, but it wasn’t meant to be as Reigns, with help from Solo Sikoa, emerged victorious.
After the event, Paul Heyman commented on Reigns’ victory and the adversity that Cody needed to overcome before getting past Reigns. Speaking to ComicBook Nation, Cody was asked about Heyman’s comments and losing at WrestleMania 39.
Cody revealed that he is an incredibly reactionary person but has learned to be more cerebral in how he reacts to certain things. He acknowledged that while the most profitable WrestleMania of all time was a significant achievement, a win is a win, and a loss is a loss. He also addressed Heyman’s comments, stating that the goal remains the same for him as a wrestler, and he is determined to see it through and do the work.
“I almost think Mr. Heyman, I don’t know if it’s poking the bear, or if he likes living on the wild side, because he’s one of the smartest, most important, influential figures in the history of the sport, but he’s fully aware that I’m an incredibly reactionary person. I react differently. Five or seven years ago, if you sent me a tweet about how I couldn’t do something, I might react immediately and then try and go out and do it. That happened quite a bit. Today, it’s a little more cerebral in how I react to certain things. Reacting to losing at WrestleMania, here we are, the most profitable WrestleMania of all time, the most important show ever involved, this collective thing that fans love, and to be able to main event. So many people looked at it and tried to sell me that that was a win in itself and it’s not how I feel. A win is a win and a loss is a loss. I haven’t gone on TV talking about the nature of how I lost because I think it’s whining and I think everybody saw it. We saw it, we lived it, we breathed it.”
“I think Mr. Heyman lives on the wild side in a sense when you hear things like ‘earn it,’ ‘hasn’t had enough adversity,’ I can’t wait until my documentary comes out. It’s very ironic in terms of juxtaposing the documentary and the amount of adversity in it, some people may not know about, particularly getting back to WWE, and Mr. Heyman’s comments. The goal is the same, is the best way to put it. The goal is the same for me as a sports entertainer, as a wrestler, I came here wanting one thing. It doesn’t mean other stories won’t happen that will also be finished and it doesn’t mean there aren’t other milestones, we’re talking about good things like video game covers, but the important thing to me is still the championship on Roman’s shoulders and it’s the biggest match that WWE could do, but it would take a great deal of mountains to be moved for that rematch to even happen. The goal is the same for me, I just have to see it through and do the work.”
Cody attempted to secure a rematch against Reigns but was turned down. Instead, he was scheduled to team with Brock Lesnar against Reigns and Solo. However, Lesnar turned on Cody, kicking off a feud between the two wrestlers.
Fans are eagerly anticipating their upcoming match at WWE Backlash, which promises to be a thrilling encounter. As the two talented wrestlers prepare to face off, the WWE universe is buzzing with excitement and speculation about who will emerge victorious.
With Cody seeking redemption after his loss at WrestleMania 39 and Lesnar looking to cement his place as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, their match is sure to be one for the ages.
What are your thoughts on Cody’s loss at WrestleMania 39 and his upcoming match against Brock Lesnar at WWE Backlash? Do you think he has what it takes to redeem himself? Leave a comment.