Cody Rhodes Admits To “Cardinal Sin” At WWE Royal Rumble
Cody Rhodes may have won the men’s 2023 Royal Rumble but the star has admitted to committing a “cardinal sin” at the event.
Cody Rhodes made his grand return to the WWE ring at the Royal Rumble after sitting out the second half of 2022 with a torn pectoral muscle. The American Nightmare soon resumed his winning ways in the company by becoming the fifth WWE Superstar in history to win the Royal Rumble match from the number 30 position.
Speaking on the After The Bell podcast, Cody Rhodes noted that despite his success, he had a stark reminder of the pressures on top WWE Superstars and says he committed a “cardinal sin” by not knowing where the hard cam was:
“I did commit what I’d call kind of a cardinal sin in the wrestling game. My dad would be really irked if he knew this. I did not walk the arena earlier in the day. I did not walk the ramp. I did not get in the ring. I was very much held behind doors. Because of that, I will admit I had no clue and I still have not figured it out. I didn’t know where the hard cam was.”
“I tried. Then at a certain point, I just figured I had found it but then the sign was that way and I figured ‘Nope that can’t [be it]’. So I really was just looking to get all [corners] ‘Let’s just get all fours.’ That was one of those [reminding moments] ‘Okay, welcome back.’ Because that’s something you absolutely have to cover.”
“That’s part of being a professional. Put your face to the camera and here I am claiming to be one of the world’s top professionals [not knowing]. I would have got a kick in the ass from the old man and my brother for that matter, but it didn’t [matter in the end]. In the case of WWE, there’s 1000 cameras who captured every second of it. They got to capture the sweetest second of it and that’s when Gunther went over the top rope.”
Cody Rhodes’ spot at WrestleMania 39 has been confirmed and he will face Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, should The Tribal Chief survive the challenge of Sami Zayn at the Elimination Chamber.