Cody Rhodes Promises He Will Beat Roman Reigns At WrestleMania 39 – The winner of the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble Cody Rhodes kicked off tonight’s WWE Raw with a challenge for Roman Reigns.
After taking time to make his typically epic entrance, the American Nightmare was really back on WWE Raw after months out of action after injury.
During his oratory exhibition, Rhodes addressed his history in the WWE, discussing his vivid memory of his first day pulling up to Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Here is a full recap of the segment:
Cody asks the crowd what do they want to talk about. He says it goes without saying, but every week someone new is watching the show. Cody says he is not the same person he was when he started this journey on this show 15 years ago. He thought about driving up to Ohio Valley Wrestling at age 19. There was a sign that said ‘tomorrow’s superstars today’. He says he was getting ready to go inside and he thought to himself that he would be WWE champion within 2 years. I was ambitious and delusional because I also thought I would be the next John Cena. If he could go back and talk to 19 year old me, what would I say? Would I tell him it won’t go down that way? Would I tell him that he would get slapped so hard on live TV your knees will buckle? Would I tell him that he would be dashing and give out grooming tips? Would I tell him that he would put paint on his face? Would I tell him that the woman who calls out your names that she would become your wife? Would I tell him that he would get on fire? Would I tell him that he would go on an excursion that would take a toll on him? Would I tell him that on January 28, 2023 that he would win the Royal Rumble to punch a ticket to go on last on the biggest stage at Wrestlemania?
I wouldn’t tell him a single thing because every little piece on that road has been 100 percent worth it. I come out here tonight and I hear you singing along with the words to my music. The words at the start are mine. Wrestling has more than one royal family. WWE has more than one royal family. For it to be true and real and validated in my heart, I have to stand across from another. I have to stand across from an entire bloodline. I have to stand across from the Tribal Chief. I have to have to stand across from the biggest superstar on the planet. I have to stand across from Roman Reigns.
Cody says he has respect for Roman, but Wrestlemania is in 62 days. It might be 62 days for you, but it is 62 days for the rest of my life. On that night, it ends. Pull up a chair because someone else will be eating. You can be the Tribal Chief or the head of the table, but one thing he will not be is the WWE Undisputed Champion.
Cody was then joined by Judgment Day to set up the show’s main event.
While Rhodes accepted a challenge to take on any member of Judgment Day, they soon had more trouble on their hands as Edge ran out to attack.
Cody Rhodes Promises He Will Beat Roman Reigns At WrestleMania 39