In the main event of WrestleMania 39 Cody Rhodes pushed Roman Reigns to his limit but was unable to “finish the story” and capture the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
Due to the controversial end of the critically-acclaimed title bout, the WWE Universe expected to see the American Nightmare receive a rematch against the Tribal Chief. However, there lies a number of huge obstacles in the way of Rhodes getting Reigns back in the ring.
The first hurdle Rhodes must overcome is facing the Beast Brock Lesnar at Backlash on May 6th. The other major barriers are the introduction of the newly-formed WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the results of the WWE Draft meaning that both the titles and the two Superstars will now compete on separate brands.
Yet despite these factors seemingly altering his journey, Rhodes declares that dethroning Reigns is still his goal. In an interview with ComicBook Nation Rhodes addressed the Head of Table, his goals and the World Heavyweight Championship.
The goal is the same, is the best way to put it. The goal is the same for me as a sports entertainer, as a wrestler. I came here wanting one thing. It doesn’t mean other stories won’t happen that will also be finished. And it doesn’t mean there aren’t other milestones — and we’re talking about the good things like video game covers and things like that today.
But the most important thing to me is still the championship that sits on Roman’s shoulders. And it’s the biggest match that WWE could do. But it would take a great deal of mountains to be moved for that rematch to even happen. So — the goal is the same for me. And I just kind of have to see it through and do the work.
Cody Rhodes Wants The WWE World Heavyweight Championship
In the same interview, Rhodes stated that although a Roman Reigns rematch is his ultimate goal he is fully invested in becoming the new World Heavyweight Championship.
That’s the title that represents Raw. That’s the title that main events for Raw. That’s the title that is the franchise title for the USA network. So I can’t say I don’t want it. I can’t say that that’s not something that would be, if you look and revise your goals and say, ‘Okay, this is the route we have to go.’ Especially particularly with me being drafted to Monday Night RAW, and that might be more of a case of like I just said a story, a different story.
The goal is still the same for me, but by no means am I or should anyone be looking down on the new World Championship because it’s one of those things I think in time people will hopefully come to love and revere. It’s being positioned as the lead title for the brand itself and it’ll take a lead individual to do it and handle it, and Raw has a stacked roster, so I definitely want to throw myself in the mix.”