Despite having arguably the most talked-about match of the year, Cody Rhodes refuses to revisit his main-event match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39.
When Cody Rhodes entered the 2023 Royal Rumble match at #30, it became crystal clear to more or less everyone that he was going to win that match and “finish the story”. After all, so much time and effort had been put into creating this compelling narrative that Cody was going to win at WrestleMania for his late father as much as for himself.
But instead of completing the story, Cody lost following interference from Solo Sikoa and has since moved on to other feuds. However, the possibility of a rematch between Reigns and Rhodes still lingers and is still considered a likely scenario for many fans.
Cody Rhodes will re-watch a match if there’s a good reason, but his WrestleMania 39 match is an exception
Cody Rhodes is thinking about the future and not the past; in fact, he refuses to watch his match with Reigns because of how his family reacted to the match, per an interview with Robbie Fox of My Mom’s Basement.
“If someone asked me specifically to watch it back, I will. I’ll watch it back. Or if I blew something. Like if I knew something stunk. Yeah. Then I’ll watch it back to see what you were thinking.
But if you’re feeling it, whether it’s you’re under or you’re over, if you’re feeling it in that moment of something I learned from Shawn Michaels, you really don’t need to watch it back. You don’t really need to. It was magic.
Usually, if it was for me, I describe everything in baseball terms. That was a double. That was a triple. But when it’s a home run like we don’t need, there’s no conversation. We need to have like that was a home run. That’s how I look at everything.
For Mania, I didn’t want to watch it back, not because of how it ended, but also because my family was in the front row and I don’t know if I can take looking at their faces. They were filming them as much as they were filming me. I don’t know if I want to see my mom go through that, especially with how excited she was to be there. But yeah, I haven’t watched it back.”
Despite leaving WrestleMania on the losing side, Cody Rhodes has been on a winning streak since Night of Champions. After losing to Brock Lesnar at that PLE, Cody has won every single match he’s had in WWE, with his most recent win coming against Finn Balor on the August 14th episode of RAW.