Steve Austin Says It Would Have Been “Cliche” For Cody Rhodes To Beat Roman Reigns

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Cody Rhodes may not have picked up the win at WrestleMania 39, but Steve Austin sees it as the right decision.

Many expected ‘The American Nightmare’ to get his storybook ending when he battled ‘The Tribal Chief’ Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 39. It wasn’t to be, as plenty of interference from The Bloodline prevented Rhodes from getting the victory.

One man who knows a thing or two about competing in the main event of ‘The Showcase Of The Immortals’ is ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Knowing the importance of the match and the story, Austin believes it was absolutely the right choice to leave the title on ‘The Head Of The Table’.

In a discussion with Busted Open Radio, Steve Austin discussed why it would have been the wrong time to move the title from a business standpoint.

Cody beating Roman would not have gotten Cody over anymore. As a matter of fact, it might have worked against him. The way they had it set up, he showed the belt, his wife and beautiful baby are there he’s holding the baby and it’s a storybook ending and the story is told. Those guys came out there with the outside interference.

Like I’ve said before, I love that spike from Solo Sikoa. Sami, Kevin, Jimmy, Jey, it was chaos, it was exciting. They built it up and had a hell of a match. Roman is on fire right now and one of these days it will be time to take the belt from him and put it on somebody else, but you don’t make Cody by taking the belt off the right guy at the wrong time.

Continuing on, Steve Austin is certain Cody Rhodes will win the big one at some point, but it’ll be when the time is right.

I completely thought they made the right decision. I really respect the hell out of Cody for what he did walking away from WWE, found himself, went down to AEW and then came back. He gets injured, blows out a pec, competes in the Rumble, gets in the main event with Roman. It was so storybook and would have been so cliche to put the belt on him more so.

Has he earned the opportunity to be there? Yeah. Would he have been the right guy, right now, trying to take out Roman Reigns? I just think not. Roman is so fire and so money. Cody is going to be there. To me, it made me respect Cody more when you’re laying there and looking at the lights.

That story is going to be completed one of these days, but it ain’t going to be right here. It was for the right reasons and the reason was business. He’ll get it, and when he does, it’ll be a celebration like no other. I’m one of his biggest fans. I see nothing but good things for Cody.

Steve Austin also recently revealed who he would have liked to have faced in “the match that got away”.

With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.