Although he never lifted All Elite Wrestling’s World Championship, Cody Rhodes is perceived by many to be a future WWE Champion, a sentiment echoed by JBL.
Returning to WWE on night one of WrestleMania 38 as he defeated Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, Cody Rhodes is poised to one day become WWE Champion. ‘The American Nightmare’ has already expressed his interest in bringing back the Winged Eagle design if he were to lift the top prize in sports entertainment.
It’s not just the WWE Universe who believe this will one day happen, as WWE Hall of Famer JBL has stated he has “no doubt” that Cody Rhodes will eventually become WWE Champion. JBL addressed this on the latest edition of WWE’s The Bump, acknowledging Rhodes’ latest win over Seth Rollins at WrestleMania Backlash (h/t Sportskeeda Wrestling):
“I think you know how great Seth Rollins is right now, and I think we know how great Cody Rhodes can be. Cody is on that road and getting this win over Seth Rollins was huge, it was a huge statement. Cody [Rhodes] is a future world champion. Put it down, you can etch it in stone. There’s not a doubt in my mind about what Cody Rhodes wants coming to WWE and what he is going to get.”
Cody Rhodes has previously challenged for a WWE World Championship on three occasions, but only one of those was a straightforward one-on-one clash. He unsuccessfully challenged former Legacy partner Randy Orton for the WWE Championship on the 31 August 2009 Raw episode,
Outside of the main event scene, Cody Rhodes is a seasoned championship veteran in WWE, having been a former two-time Intercontinental Champion and multi-time Tag Team Champion. Away from WWE, ‘The Prince of Pro Wrestling’ has only held two other World Championships; the ROH World Championship and the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.
JBL is himself no stranger to reaching the top of the mountain in WWE, reigning as WWE Champion for 280 days between June 2004 and April 2005. During this time, ‘The Wrestling God’ achieved eleven successful televised title defences, including well-received matches with the likes of Eddie Guerrero and The Undertaker.