A WWE Hall of Famer wants nothing more than to see Cody Rhodes thrive in WWE.
While the American Nightmare is one of the biggest stars in WWE today, his journey to the top wasn’t the most straightforward. Rhodes famously left the company in 2016 after becoming frustrated by creative, going on to compete in promotions all over the world, and help found AEW, before heading back to WWE.
Appearing on the Kurt Angle Show, Booker T looked back on working with Rhodes in 2011. The WWE Hall of Famer revealed that he asked to work with Rhodes — something he’d never done before.
“I feel like I got a big part of Cody’s rise. He owes me a check (he laughs). I saw something in Cody back then when no one was really giving him a chance. I saw something in Cody Rhodes. No one came to me with that and said, ‘Hey Book, you want to work Cody?’ I did that. That’s the first time I’ve ever asked to work with someone.
That’s the first time in my whole career that I’ve ever asked to get in the ring and not just work with someone, but put him over. I said, ‘I want to put him over right in the middle.’ I’m looking up at the lights 1-2-3.”
Booker went on to discuss his relationship with the Rhodes family, including Dusty and Dustin whom he still affectionately calls “Goldie.”
“His dad and I, I remember I was at one of the house shows and I went out and I rocked it. I came back to the curtain and Dusty goes, ‘They won’t put you on first no more.’ I was like, ‘Yea man.’ I loved Dusty. Me and Goldie, I mean, we don’t don’t get too much tighter than Goldie and I. Cody is the same way.
I just want to see that kid thrive because I saw his talent when all those other guys, he just didn’t get the shine that Batista and Orton and those guys got, but I thought he was just as good of a talent.”
The WWE veteran praised Rhodes for how he handled himself when he ventured out onto the independent scene, adding he wants nothing more than to see him succeed.
“For him to leave a company and go out there and rebuild himself and brand himself, and then the company says, ‘Hey, we want you back. We need you back under this umbrella.’ For him to be doing what he’s doing now, he did that all on his own, man. So I give him major props for being a guy who grew up in this business, but was willing to go out there on that independent scene, and that’s a grind. That’s a grind.
I’m gonna tell you. I’ve been at a couple of independent shows and he would show up and everybody else looked like a bum. Cody would have that suit on. His hair was well coiffed. You learn, because Cody, every time he saw me, I was always dressed. I was always looking the part and for Cody to pick that up and, you know, figure that out, I was proud of that kid.”
Cody Rhodes Preparing For War
Cody Rhodes is currently preparing to step inside WarGames for the first time. The match will have extra significance for the star, given that the match was one of his father’s most famous creations.
At Survivor Series Rhodes will take on the Judgment and Drew McIntyre flanked by Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, Jey Uso and a returning Randy Orton.
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