Cody Rhodes has opened up about his shocking return to WWE at WrestleMania 38, saying he finally feels like he doesn’t have to “run from the spectre” of his father, Dusty Rhodes, anymore.
After weeks of rumours and speculation following his shock departure from AEW – the company he helped found – at WrestleMania 38 Cody Rhodes was revealed to be Seth Rollins’ mystery opponent on ‘The Grandest Stage Of Them All’.
With Rollins waiting impatiently in the ring, the AT&T Stadium went dark before the proclamation that “Wrestling has more than one royal family” rang through the venue and ‘The American Nightmare’ rose up from under the stage to one of the biggest reactions of the night from the fans in attendance.
In a backstage interview with WWE following the show, Cody Rhodes opened up about going “home”, and revealed that he no longer feels the need to run away from the shadow of his legendary father, Dusty Rhodes.
“Everyone keeps saying the same two words, ‘Welcome home!’ And as flattering as it is and as much as I appreciate it, I reciprocate the feeling. For the entire career of 16 years, I’ve run away from the spectre of Dusty Rhodes, the shadow of him is so big and so great. I finally felt like I don’t have to do it anymore. Maybe I can do it for me, and that will be doing it for him.”
The former AEW EVP went on to say returning at WrestleMania in Texas felt like the ultimate vindication, noting that at his last WrestleMania in the state he was there as Stardust.
“I got a chance to go out there and do it in Texas. The last WrestleMania here, I was Stardust, and to come back and be me, the ultimate vindication and I’m very happy. They say, ‘Welcome home!’ I say, ‘I’m ready to play the game!'”
Cody Rhodes has also discussed his reasons for returning to WWE, saying it was the “easiest decision” he’s ever made.
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.