Survivor Series was a rollercoaster of emotions for Cody Rhodes, who had a lot on his mind during the PPV event.

After triumphing in the WarGames match, the American Nightmare opened up in a post-show media scrum. When asked about sharing the ring with Randy Orton, Rhodes revealed just how special the moment was for him. He explained that he once aspired to be like Orton and thanked him for his career:

“At the end of the match, Randy said to me, ‘Thanks for the phone call.’ And I wanted to tell him ‘Thanks for my career.’ I keep thinking this is going to end and I couldn’t have gotten to where I got had I not been around Randy. Randy is so wild and chaotic, and you hear all these funny stories about him and all this nonsense, but as a performer, a professional wrestler, WWE superstar. What an outstanding mentor he was to me truly.

I’ll never forget standing in the ring at the Royal Rumble when he won, pointing at the star WrestleMania sign and just thinking, ‘I want to be like him.’ That’s [as] nice as I’m gonna get about [him]. I was really touched.”


But that wasn’t the only thing weighing on Cody’s heart that night. He also revealed that his father-in-law was in the hospital. Amidst these concerns, he reflected on the moment when he realized he was going to compete in a match created by his late father, Dusty Rhodes:

“I think a lot of emotions tonight because my father-in-law, he’s in the hospital. Michael Cole shouted him out on commentary; I really appreciate that. Otis has been the biggest fan. We love Otis, and I want him to get better and all those things.

So I was thinking about that. I was thinking about Randy, and of course, the cage opens up, and I walk out. For the first time in the day, everyone else is thinking, for the first time in the day I think ‘Ah, this is my dad’s match.’ Charmed life you guys have given me. I’m very lucky.”

Randy Orton wasn’t the only WWE superstar making a big return at the PPV. For all the details on CM Punk’s surprising Survivor Series comeback.

How do you feel about Cody Rhodes’s emotional reflections on his match with Randy Orton and the significance of competing in his late father Dusty Rhodes’s match? Do you think these personal moments added depth to the Survivor Series event? Share your thoughts and reactions!

Steve Carrier

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