Cody Rhodes has claimed that he doesn’t care if WWE fine him $1000 every time he says the word “belt.”
For a number of years WWE has looked to set itself apart from every wrestling company in the world. One of the ways the company has sought to do this is through the language used to describe their performers.
As a result, wrestlers became “Superstars,” professional wrestling became “Sports Entertainment” and title belts are referred to as “Championships.”
The preferred terms are always used on television, on commentary and by performers in interviews.
This meant that when Cody Rhodes returned to WWE in April and began referring to professional wrestling and title belts, his terminology turned heads.
During a recent appearance at San Diego Comic Con, Rhodes again went against the WWE grain. When the speaker announced that new figures and championships were being unveiled, Rhodes corrected them chipping in “you can say belts.”
Sam Roberts said that while the American Nightmare might be able to say belts, others may get in trouble. Rhodes replied that he doesn’t care if WWE fine him.
“They can fine me $1,000 every time I say belts. I’m fine with that. If they give me a title belt, sure it’s a championship, but it also physically goes around your waist. Those are great belts.”
Cody Rhodes has been out of action since the night after WWE Hell In A Cell when he was written off television due to a serious pectoral injury. The star has since undergone successful surgery and is working towards an in-ring return.
At the time of the injury, it was suggested that Rhodes would be out of action for nine months.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.