Cody Rhodes has shared his emotional reflections after competing for the first time in the match originally created by his Father at Survivor Series: WarGames.
There is little that ‘The American NIghtmare’ has yet to see or do in a near 20-year career in the business, but the 38 year-old’s participation in the mens WarGames match in Chicago on 25th November marked a rare first for the Atlanta native.
The unique two-ring match up was the brainchild of Rhodes’ late Father, ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes, debuting on 4th July 1987 at the Great American Bash. Used originally in NWA and WCW, the notoriously brutal bout took a 17-year hiatus until it returned at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in November 2017.
The match was then used exclusively in NXT until WWE decided to feature the spectacle at Survivor Series: WarGames in 2022, but with Rhodes on the shelf at the time following surgery to repair a torn right pectoral muscle, Survivor Series: WarGames 2023 provided the first opportunity for the former WWE Intercontinental Champion to follow in his Father’s footsteps and compete in the daunting match.
Cody Rhodes Feels Lucky To Have Competed At Survivor Series: WarGames
Speaking at the post-Survivor Series: WarGames press conference, Rhodes revealed that it wasn’t until he was on his way to the ring that it sunk in that he was competing in a match of his Father’s creation:
“I think a lot of emotions tonight because my father-in-law, he’s in the hospital. Michael Cole shouted him out on commentary, I really appreciate that. Otis has been the biggest fan. We love Otis and I want him to get better and all those things.
So I was thinking about that. I was thinking about Randy and of course, cage opens up and I walk out. For the first time in the day, everyone else is thinking, for the first time in the day I think ‘Ah, this is my dad’s match.’ Charmed life you guys have given me. I’m very lucky.”
Rhodes also had high praise for Randy Orton, who made his long awaited return to the ring during the main event at Survivor Series: WarGames.
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