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Cody Rhodes On Why He Was Most Excited To Meet Bianca Belair Upon WWE Return

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Cody Rhodes reveals why out of all the WWE Superstars he’d be working with after returning to WWE, he was most excited to meet Bianca Belair.

Cody Rhodes has been making waves ever since returning to WWE at WrestleMania 38 as Vince McMahon’s hand-picked opponent for Seth Rollins. Since his departure from the company in 2016, the roster has undergone significant changes, and Cody Rhodes has plenty of new co-workers in this new run.

Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Cody Rhodes revealed that the person he was most excited to meet was current Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.

“The person I was most excited to meet was Bianca Belair. I got to meet her when she had just come back from tearing the joint down and I was underneath the stage. I could hear it all. You’re always happy when you can hear a hot crowd and they set up such a brilliant crowd and put us in a difficult position to follow.

“She was a total queen when I met her and to be able to be one of the first people to say congratulations, even though I’m brand new, that was nice. I was a big fan of having watched her last year and what she did with Sasha (Banks). Big fan. She was one I was very excited to meet.”

Cody Rhodes was also asked about the backstage reception to his return to WWE after helping to start a rival company, and he had this to say:

“I got the chance, after the match, I got to swing by male talent (locker room) and got to see Kofi (Kingston), I got to see (Xavier) Woods and meet some new people. I never really got to talk with (Happy) Corbin and we got to talk a little bit that evening. I was really…I don’t know if excited is the word as much as I felt this was my responsibility. Not only is AEW a positive thing that exists in the industry where now people are getting paid and there are options.

“As someone who is a WWE ride or die or WWE Superstar, there might be those that resent me to a degree over the trash that I spoke. I broke the throne, I poked fun at a lot of things. I’m fully ready for there to be a layer of, not resentment, but maybe I won’t be the most popular guy. That’s not the sense I got being in the locker room, seeing old friends, making new ones, but also the next day, making the rounds in back of house, my daughter meeting some other babies. Babymania at WrestleMania.”

Continuing, Cody Rhodes said that there was a feeling of excitement about his return and compared it to switching teams in professional sports.

“I got the sense that everyone was excited. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back, but I did get a sense that there was respect for me that was not there when I was 20 years old and there the first time. That was touching. It’s still their house. I don’t know if I’ll ever earn the right to call it my house. I’m definitely all in and all committed as this contract goes. I was really happy to have that layer of respect, I share that.

“It’s not unlike pro sports. It’s a different team. I’m wearing a different jersey and I’m sure there are going to be some speed bumps and elements to rise over to fully integrate myself in it. I’m all about putting out the best product possible, whether that’s an interview or match, and I can do that wherever a ring exists. I really can’t thank Nick Khan, Bruce Prichard and Vince McMahon enough for their efforts to recruit me and the absolute warmth they showed me.”

After leaving WWE back in 2016, Rhodes went on something of a world tour, taking in the independent scene, while working for the likes of Ring of Honor, IMPACT Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. This eventually led him to the formation of AEW in January 2019, where he became one of four Executive Vice Presidents.

Rhodes left AEW a three-time TNT Champion.

h/t Fightful