DDP has claimed that Cody Rhodes is the best wrestling promo in the world today, citing a recent emotional segment which tugged at the heartstrings.
The American Dream Dusty Rhodes is widely remembered as one of the greatest talkers in the history of professional wrestling. Dusty’s ‘common man’ persona endeared him to audiences all over the world, and his special knack for making fans feel part of the moment, means that he’s still revered to this day.
In fact, Rhodes’ legendary “hard times” promo is still held up as one of the finest in the history of this great sport.
Speaking on a recent episode of his DDP Snake Pit podcast, Diamond Dallas Page who worked with Dusty Rhodes for a number of years, explained that he sees similar qualities in his son, Cody. Page said that while the American Nightmare has benefited from taking acting classes at an early age, he has the same ability as his father to talk people into a story.
“I don’t know if Cody would be the promo guy that he is [without that], ’cause I think today, and I’m not picking favourites, but I think Cody is one of the best promo guys on the planet,”
“He’s got his own style and it’s nothing like his father,” Page continued. “It’s very important to him that he is an original and his own man, but I think, get you into the arena, walk you into the arena, want to pull in to see that match. He talks you into it, you know? Just like his dad.”
To further his point, Paige recalled Rhodes’ promo the night after he returned at WrestleMania 38. In the segment, the former AEW star emotionally described how he returned to WWE to win the WWE Championship for his late father who never achieved the accolade.
The WWE Hall of Famer revealed that he actually choked up watching the segment.
“Going into it, the moment and they showed that in the one promo that [Cody] did that he was out there and it was so heartfelt and it choked me up watching it”
After one of the more gutsy performances seen in a wrestling ring in recent years, Cody Rhodes recently underwent surgery for a torn pectoral tendon. The star had sustained the injury in the lead up to his Hell in a Cell match with Seth Rollins.
However, despite the serious injury, he wrestled as planned. WWE have since announced that Rhodes’ surgery to repair the injury was successful and he will be out of action for nine months.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.