Cody Rhodes experienced an unexpected surprise during his entrance for a dark match after SmackDown went off the air. Although he was now the top champion in WWE, he wasn’t fully informed about all the perks that came with the title, including an impressive pyro display that caught him off guard. In a more personal revelation, Cody also shared some good news. A family member of his recently completed chemotherapy, marking an important milestone and cause for celebration.

Friday Night SmackDown opened with segment featuring the new Universal Champion, Cody Rhodes. He kicked things off by discussing his recent victory and Universal Championship win. Rhodes then announced that he would be defending his title at the upcoming Backlash: France event.

Later, after the show went off the air, Rhodes returned to the ring for a dark match. He successfully defended his title against ‘Dirty’ Dominik Mysterio in front of the live audience.

After the match, Rhodes took the microphone and delivered a heartfelt promo for the crowd, expressing his gratitude and enthusiasm for the future. Rhodes then revealed that his family member Otis successfully finished chemotherapy, to a huge reaction.


”Detroit is kinda like a hometown for me. I debuted here back in 2007 at the Hall of Fame at the Fox Theater and then I married the most beautiful woman on earth. Speaking of Brandi, these are Brandi’s parents sitting in the front row. I’m very happy excited that they’re here the whole family, but in particular, I have to shout out Otis, who’s got the hat one. Otis just finished chemo.”

LA Knight and AJ Styles will battle it out to determine the #1 contender for Cody Rhodes’ title at WWE Backlash, so we’ll have to wait and see who will ultimately prevail in the match.

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