Brandi Rhodes has opened up about the reason she and Cody decided to name their daughter “Liberty”.
Cody Rhodes revealed to the world that he and Brandi’s daughter, Liberty Iris Runnels, had been born on June 18th, 2021. Brandi then posted the first Rhodes family photo on Instagram a few weeks later. There has been much speculation around the reasons why they chose the name “Liberty”, with many believing it’s because Cody is a patriotic guy. This patriotism was demonstrated most recently in his feud with Anthony Ogogo, when he felt he had to defend his country’s name against the Brit, who had been disparaging of the USA.
However, during a conversation with Chris Van Vliet on his ‘Insight’ podcast, Brandi said that this wasn’t the reason behind the name.
“I’m so glad that people are starting to ask about this! I feel like people think the reason is because of everything to do with Cody being a patriotic dude. That’s really cool, I love it, but I wouldn’t name my daughter Liberty for that reason.”
She went on to say that it was actually a trip to Disney that inspired the name long before she was even pregnant.
“It’s because of Disney, we are both huge Disney fans. Before we found out that we were pregnant, we were at Disney and just walking around whimsically. We were just talking about kids and what would their names be. I said we definitely need to have a Disney connection, but it can’t be on the nose like Elsa. I can do better than that. So we were just walking around and talking, throwing things out there. Then we walked into Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. I saw the sign and said ‘What about Liberty?’ Cody said ‘I love that!’ Cut to a year later and we are pregnant, and we knew that Liberty was going to be the name.”
Cody Rhodes is currently embroiled in a feud with Malakai Black, with the two set to clash for the third and final time in a match set for a special Saturday edition of AEW Dynamite on October 22nd.