WWE WrestleMania 40 Sunday featured Cody Rhodes dethroning Roman Reigns as the Undisputed Universal Champion, and it also had The Rock try to help out Reigns to no avail. Interestingly enough, Rhodes has now revealed his feelings if Reigns ever hated his guts.

During an appearance on the SI Media podcast with Jimmy Traina, Rhodes reflected on his experience at WrestleMania and was asked about encountering Roman Reigns afterwards.

“When you do something so special and epic, and I’m specifically talking about his run as champion, not anything I did. When you change the landscape of the company, when you help better the locker room situation for the talent surrounding you. When you bring the entire tide up for one company, which Roman did, and you’re a part of something like WrestleMania 40, his ninth or tenth WrestleMania main event, you’re part of that. In the oddest of ways, we don’t need to have a moment. He was nowhere to be found in Gorilla when I got back. I look forward to when we actually do have that moment and get to see one another. No doubt, my entire time in WWE, has been a war time situation. There has always been somebody.

Rhodes praised Reigns for his transformative championship run, noting the impact he had on the company’s landscape and locker room morale. Despite not crossing paths with Reigns backstage, Rhodes expressed anticipation for a future reunion, acknowledging the bond formed through their shared experiences in WWE.


Rhodes noted that his perspective on Reigns is one of respect, regardless of any potential personal differences. Rhodes understands the gravity of Reigns’ contributions to the industry and eagerly awaits his return to WWE.

There has always been some sort of fight and issue. Even with all that said, you’re bonded, to a degree, over the battles that you have. I might be speaking very kindly about him now and he might be thinking in his mind that he wants to smash me and murder me when he comes back. If that’s the case, that’s okay. I’ll be ready for it. Of all the people I did see, the one I didn’t, and I think maybe in his mind, if I could put myself in his shoes, he knew that his run had been generational, that he had changed the industry, which very few people can say they changed the industry. You can count ten people in the last 30 years who changed the business. I think he knew that he could walk out of the ballpark knowing the ball was still sailing and WWE is going to be just fine, if not even better. We await the return of Roman Reigns.”

When asked if he felt slighted by not meeting Reigns, Rhodes responded with understanding, stating that he wouldn’t take it personally even if Reigns hated his guts.

 “No, I didn’t take it personally at all. I wouldn’t take it personal if he hates my guts to this day. I just feel a little differently.”

Reigns is currently occupied with filming movie alongside Seth Rogen and Keanu Reeves. This venture represents a significant endeavor for The Tribal Chief as he takes a well-deserved break from WWE. It remains to be seen when he will return to WWE television.

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