Cody Rhodes says WWE return was ‘a far bigger gamble’ than All In

March 29, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

Cody Rhodes says he gets "All In" vibes when he thinks about WrestleMania. 

The 37-year-old has made some bold career choices dating back to his WWE departure in 2016. Arguably, one of his riskiest choices was helping to promote "All In" in 2018. Rhodes told AP News that if the event failed, he would have been the laughingstock of the industry. However, he also said that his return to WWE was an even bigger gamble. 

Rhodes said:

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Life is splendid. When I left my former gig to come back to WWE, it was a far bigger gamble than “All In” (the first AEW show in 2019) ever was. That’s why I get these “All In” vibes when I think about WrestleMania because I certainly could have been the laughingstock of the industry. And going into the biggest event ever involved in the wrestling ring from any measurable standpoint is one part of life being great, blessed and lucky.

The other part is I have my family in terms of Brandi (his wife) and Liberty (his daughter), for them to come to this and experience this knowing that it wasn’t a life wasted. Every sacrifice I’ve made, early morning gym trip, times I wasn’t able to be home or won’t be able to be home, it’s not a life wasted in what we do and that makes this run just all the sweetest.

Rhodes continued to speak about his father's fingerprints being all over this year's WrestleMania. He believes the envy he's felt toward those who trained with Dusty Rhodes has been "slightly weaponized" by Reigns and Heyman. 

When he passed away, “Dusty’s Kids” was something that I heard a lot because his influence and legacy were being spread out. That was a statistic being touted. Bayley, Sasha (Banks), Becky (Lynch), Seth (Rollins), Roman, Sami (Zayn), Kevin (Owens), the core ones, were all doing better than I was. It wasn’t something I could complain about or throw a tantrum over because they were honoring him. It almost felt like they were honoring him more than I was. And there’s jealousy and envy that comes with it. 

But that’s why in these interviews, even on nights I don’t want to say his name or talk about him, you hear it nonetheless because his fingerprints are all over WrestleMania. Every one of those people I just named, for the most part, is doing something spectacular. You want to add yourself to that list, and you almost can’t function if you don’t. I feel like that’s slightly weaponized in a sense by Roman toward me. I wasn’t adjusted and ready for it. I’m ready for it now.

Rhodes' road to WrestleMania has stops on Raw and SmackDown this week. He's scheduled to face Solo Sikoa in singles action on Monday's show from Phoenix. He's then booked for a face-to-face segment with Reigns on Friday's show from Los Angeles.