Cody Rhodes has many supporters within professional wrestling, but Road Dogg isn’t among them – in fact, he didn’t even see what the hype was about initially!
Cody Rhodes surprised many when he stepped back onto a WWE stage at WrestleMania 38, taking Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins to the limit and defeating him with a Cross Rhodes. It marked a sensational WWE comeback for ‘The American Nightmare’, who had left the company six years earlier.
During his penultimate championship run in the company, Cody wrestled a handful of contests with The New Age Outlaws. However, Road Dogg wasn’t overly fond of the Cody he worked at the time, owing to their different experience levels, and would have rather wrestled the Cody Rhodes from 2022, as he detailed on his Oh…You Didn’t Know? podcast:
“So I did not, and I’m being perfectly honest with you at that time. Look, I was at a different place. I was what, twenty-something years into my wrestling career at that time and Cody was seven or something, you know what I mean? So I was at a different place in my career than he was at the time. I would love to have had the Cody that I saw at Hell in a Cell or whatever. I would love to have worked a programme with that dude, because he had experience, he had gone around the world and worked with different people and learned and man, he came back so polished.
But at that time, I thought, ‘Okay, he’s a good tag partner with Ted DiBiase or with you know, Aaron Stevens or, you know, Damien Mizdow. Or his brother, I thought they were a great tag team and I thought that would go somewhere. But I didn’t see a lot of potential in him that early.
Now when I became part of the creative process and we came up with Stardust, and that was something that Cody and I came up with, I thought it was great. I thought it was some of his best work and I thought it kind of showed how much range he had. So I know that got a lot of flack.”
The feud between Cody Rhodes and Goldust, and The New Age Outlaws saw the NAO capture their sixth set of WWE Tag Team Championships. A Steel Cage match held on Monday Night Raw’s 3 February 2014 also witnessed one of Cody’s career-defining moments, Moonsaulting off the cage onto a standing Road Dogg.
Rhodes’ April return to WWE came six years after he left the company in May 2016, during which time he helped launch AEW, where he served as both an in-ring talent and an EVP. He’s currently on the injured shelf with a torn pectoral tendon.
It’s hoped that Cody Rhodes will be healthy to return in time for the Royal Rumble premium live event at the end of January.