Cody Rhodes Wins Men’s 2023 WWE Royal Rumble Match

Cody Rhodes as the American Nightmare on WWE Monday Night RAW

After being out of action for over seven months, Cody Rhodes is back and it looks as if he never missed a beat.

Fans were kept waiting for the arrival of Rhodes at number 30, but when his music did hit, the ovation was tremendous and the fans didn’t leave his side for the rest of the match.

It came down to a final five of Seth Rollins, Austin Theory, Logan Paul, Cody Rhodes, and the ironman of the bout, Gunther.

After Paul and Ricochet took each other out in a ridiculous mid-air collision the YouTube star looked to be out of the match but he snuck back in to eliminate Rollins after Rhodes had dispatched Theory. Not that he lasted too much longer, being eliminated to massive cheers by Rhodes.

Cody Rhodes Dispatched By Record-Breaker Gunther

The final two of Rhodes and Gunther pitted the number one entry against the 30th entry. The Intercontinental Champion wasted little time in throwing some heavy shots, and although he almost eliminated himself as he missed a big boot, he survived.

After more back and forth which saw both men come close to victory it was pre-match favourite Cody Rhodes who got the win. With Gunther hanging on in the match for dear life, the American Nightmare hit the Cross Rhodes before following up with a Clothesline to knock Gunther over the top rope.

The match was non-stop action from the outset. Brock Lesnar went on a tear early but was stopped in his tracks by Bobby Lashley. Unsurprisingly, The Beast didn’t take his elimination and set about causing chaos at ringside. Later on in the match, Edge made a surprise return continuing his war with Judgment Day. After the WWE Hall of Famer, Damian Priest and Finn Balor had been eliminated they brawled up the ramp as Rhea Ripley also got involved.

This brought out Beth Phoenix to a monster ovation as she delivered a Spear to Ripley.

If it was Rhodes who claimed the victory, Gunther cemented his spot as one of the most dominant stars in the entire company with a record-breaking performance. Clocking in at over 70 minutes, the giant Austrian set the record for the longest time spent in a Rumble match on his way to the runner up spot.