WWE WrestleMania 40 on Sunday was an unforgettable event, highlighted by a historic moment: the crowning of Cody Rhodes as the Undisputed WWE Champion. This wasn’t the case last year were Rhodes suffered a crushing defeat and now he has revealed what his mother advised him after his loss.

Leading up to WrestleMania 40, Mama Rhodes became an unexpected part of the narrative as The Rock repeatedly invoked her name while taunting Cody. However, at WrestleMania 40, Mama Rhodes witnessed her son conclude the story firsthand, sitting ringside as Cody emerged victorious over Roman Reigns to capture the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

During the WrestleMania 40 press conference, Cody Rhodes shared a heartfelt sentiment about his mother’s inadvertent involvement in his journey to the championship. Despite her preference to stay out of the limelight, Cody recalled a poignant moment where her words inadvertently spurred him on.

Reflecting on his WrestleMania 39 defeat and the subsequent determination to reclaim victory at WrestleMania 40, Cody Rhodes recounted a conversation with his mother where she simply said, “Just one time.” Those words resonated deeply with Cody, serving as a reminder of the urgency of the moment and the significance of his quest for success.


“One thing about my mom is, my mom does not want to be on TV. She doesn’t want to be Mama Rhodes. She’s usually asleep during the show. She doesn’t know this, but I’ll never forget, I was really worried when I didn’t win at WrestleMania 39, the journey that I fought, ‘How can I get back to WrestleMania 40 and do it all again?’ I remember saying to her, ‘I just want to be quarterback.’ She didn’t mean it in any negative way, but how she slid right in as I said that and said, ‘Just one time.’ When she said that, I realized that I was out of time. It was now or never. WrestleMania 39, it felt this was it, this was the moment, this is the most obvious thing ever. No. What they asked me, what the challenge was, what the task was — I just heard The Miz, who I’ve known my whole career tell me that was an incredible amount of pressure. I’m not going to pat myself on the back here, but I feel the gauntlet was laid down and I was able to get through to the other side.

Despite facing daunting challenges from formidable opponents like The Rock, Paul Heyman, and Roman Reigns, Cody felt compelled to rise to the occasion and seize the opportunity before him. In the midst of it all, he couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by the gravity of the moment, acknowledging that the lessons learned from his father underscored the importance of savoring the triumphs, no matter how fleeting they may be.

Ultimately, the biggest challenge in front of me was the biggest movie star in the world, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Mr. Heyman, now a Hall of Famer, and of course, the Tribal Chief, a man on the Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling, sports entertainment, Roman Reigns. I’m lost in all of this, if that makes any sense, I am. If I learned anything from my dad, if it’s a good night, you don’t want it to end.”

Ringside News also exclusively reported Cody Rhodes’ brand positioning status following his title win. It remains to be seen how he will be booked as the champion in the coming months.

Are you happy to see Cody Rhodes finally finish the story? Sound off in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

Disqus Comments Loading...