Cody Rhodes should have been crowned Undisputed WWE Universal Champion at WrestleMania 39 according to one AEW Executive.
Rhodes was widely expected to unseat Roman Reigns on Night Two of WWE’s flagship Premium Live Event on 2nd April 2023, however ‘The Tribal Chief’ retained to extend his record breaking Championship run.
AEW Director Of Business Development, Jeff Jarrett, believes that WWE missed a trick in not putting the title on Rhodes at SoFi Stadium, however.
Speaking on his podcast, ‘My World with Jeff Jarrett‘, the WWE Hall Of Famer went on to claim that WWE had missed several opportunities to put the highly sought after title around the waist of ‘The American Nightmare’:
“I’m sure I said or felt it [during that time] – Look there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes that I have no idea about, but Cody came, he debuted, a year later [he’s wrestling for the title at] WrestleMania in Dallas. Hell, my [son] Kody cried literally cried when he saw Cody walk down the ramp at that Mania. So for him to not win the title, and go out and be the flag bearer at live events, and carry the weight and everything with it, I thought they missed the opportunity last year.
The number of days of a reign, I think that’s only internal we count that. To the wrestling fan, it’s like ‘Okay you’re Super Bowl champion. You won that game. When the season starts back in September, it’s irrelevant. It’s completely irrelevant.’
So a lengthy reign [like] Bruno’s reign, Hogan’s reign, whatever it may be, when the time’s right to move the title, the time’s right. I think they’ve missed a few opportunities.”
Cody Rhodes To Feature In New WWE Documentary
Cody Rhodes latest tilt at the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship is set to feature in an upcoming documentary.
Production has already started on the feature, which serves as a follow up to the successful 2023 release ‘American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes’.
H/T: WrestlingInc for the above transcription.