Cody Rhodes returned to in-ring action with WWE’s royal rumble 2023 at the end of last month, hit his main event ticket from Wrestle Mania 39 by winning the Men’s Royal Rumble. The big rumor around Wrestle Mania 39 for over a year Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was meant to be back in action to face Roman Reigns, but now all signs point to that being no longer the case. Rhodes discussed that in a new interview with The daily mail this weeksaying WrestleMania is better off this year given the stories this company is telling, rather than bringing in “The People’s Champ” for a one-off match.
“With all due respect in the world to one of the GOATs The Rock, it looks like the options we have here within the roster are even better because of the stories happening,” explained Rhodes. “One story of finishing something that started in 1978 – seven years before I was even born – and another story of the tragedy of being welcomed into the Bloodline and what you saw unfold. I think with the amount of time between now and WrestleMania , it’s important that I keep my eyes straight on WrestleMania wrestling squarely for the WWE Undisputed Championship and as you hinted that might not be against Roman Reigns Now I don’t know if anyone can beat Roman Reigns, no way, but for me it’s about picking up the chip.
WWE’s WrestleMania 39 card so far
“I like the melodrama, I like the heaviness in these stories that develop in our industry, but I’m just a guy looking for a belt. I’m looking for a championship title belt, the most important in our world, the greatest of them all – not just in the WWE bubble but all bubbles – and be the first to say I did it as Rhodes, and it wasn’t Dusty Rhodes and it wasn’t Dustin Rhodes, it was Cody Rhodes, he continued.
In addition to Rhodes vs. Reigns, other advertised matches for WrestleMania include SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley and Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair vs. the winner of the upcoming Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Other rumors for the card include Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul, Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley III, Finn Balor vs. Edge, Dominik Mysterio vs. Rey Mysterio and Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler vs. Damage CTRL.