Cody Rhodes spoke with FanSided on behalf of WWE SuperCard and WWE 2K23. WWE SuperCard is celebrating its 9th anniversary this year as a staple of the card battle genre with 29+ million downloads across all of its platforms, where a brand new update was released the week of April 24, featuring a hint of things to come in Season 10.
Ahead of a WrestleMania 39 clash with Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes stressed that it was his goal to “finish the story.” By way of winning the 2023 men’s Royal Rumble match, he earned the right to challenge Reigns for his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, a title he has held since Aug. 30, 2020. At the “Grandest Stage of Them All,” Rhodes looked to have Reigns beat, but after getting hit with a Samoan Spike by an interfering Solo Sikoa, leading to a shocking loss. Despite belief from fans that Rhodes would stand tall with the Undisputed WWE Universal championship, it was Reigns who once again extended his 900+ day title run.
I spoke with Rhodes this week and asked about where the moment of main event WrestleMania ranked in his career. But, “The American Nightmare” brings up that he didn’t “finish the story.”
You can watch the full interview in the video below:
Cody Rhodes on ‘finishing the story’ after WrestleMania 39, getting drafted to Raw
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"“The obvious element of you didn’t leave, I didn’t win the title, I lost. I haven’t gone on TV explaining the nature of the loss or whining, because it’s not within my nature to tell you what you already saw. You saw right in front of you. Doesn’t change the outcome. Roman Reigns still carries the title and the story remains unfinished,” said Rhodes. “But goals the same goal is the same. I came here very much in every sense of it as 110% real, this is the thing I want. This is a story that needs to be tied up doesn’t mean there’ll be several other stories along the way. But that’s what needs to be finished and hopefully, hopefully we can stand across the ring from each other one more time.”"
With WrestleMania 39 in the books, WWE has hit a bit of a reset button. Rhodes is set to face Brock Lesnar at the Backlash premium live event this Saturday, May 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But, there was also a WWE Draft that began on Friday, Apr. 28 and concluded on Monday, May 1.
Rhodes was the very first pick for the Monday Night Raw brand, meaning he will exclusively compete on that show on a weekly basis. As for Reigns, he, along with Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman, was the first overall pick for the Friday Night SmackDown brand. With that, the Undisputed WWE Universal championship will be kept on SmackDown, while Raw gets the brand new World Heavyweight championship.
I asked Rhodes if winning the World Heavyweight title will “finish the story.” Rhodes said that there are different stories, and the goal that remains is winning the WWE title, which his father, the late “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, was unable to win back in 1978.
"“That title will develop become something very special, particularly when you look at the Raw roster and you look at who wants to be the lead dog on Monday Night Raw. And there’s one guy who I’ve wrestled plenty already who I know, would like that to be him more than anybody. And it’s not somebody I’m a particular fan of. So I’d love to throw my name in the hat. It’s USA’s championship. It’s in terms of the network and in terms of, of what happens, and that competition will will create it and develop it and give it this importance in this platform that Triple H loaded up for it last week,” said Rhodes.“But when it comes to the title that was related to the 1978 WWWF championship and finishing that story with the old man getting his hands on it, but never being able to take it home, that hasn’t changed, goal’s the same, goal’s the same,” said Rhodes. “Now all these other goals that I got on a sheet, those I’m not going to say out loud because I didn’t finish the story and it was a whole hashtag, so those are going to be quiet goals and and certainly that might be one of them.”"
Of course, the WWE championship is held by Reigns. As mentioned earlier, Reigns first won the Universal championship back in 2020. At WrestleMania 38 last year, Reigns defeated Lesnar to win the WWE title. That thus created the Undisputed WWE Universal championship. That’s why you see Reigns holding the blue Universal title and the WWE title during his entrance to the ring.
Rhodes said that while the goal is to “finish the story,” he’s not looking at that right now. His focus is on facing Lesnar at Backlash.
From there, we shall see if and when Rhodes gets to run it back with Reigns.
- WWE SuperCard is celebrating its 9th anniversary this year as a staple of the card battle genre with 29+ million downloads across all of its platforms
- The game has a very active community of players and creators and a rich history of serving WWE fans
- New update released the week of April 24, featuring a hint of things to come in Season 10
- New Rarity Draft Board with new effects, animations, and customizations
- Perks that give players the opportunity to earn rewards more quickly (via BattlePass)
- A big surprise is coming this May
- Fans can check out the WWE SuperCard WrestleMania trailer WWE SuperCard WrestleMania trailer featuring Cody Rhodes and The Miz
- WWE 2K23 is the highest rated game in franchise history and critics are calling it one of the best wrestling games ever
- WWE 2K23 is currently on sale for 25% off on PlayStation