Cody Rhodes is in the main event of WrestleMania 39 tonight with Roman Reigns, but things were very different for him 10 years ago.
Rhodes had been announced for an eight-person tag team match at Mania 29 in 2013 that would have seen him team with Damien Sandow and the Bella Twins against Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Tensai) and the Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi).
However, the match ended up being cut from the show and took place on Raw the following night instead.
In a new interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport ahead of tonight’s big match, Rhodes reflected on that experience, saying he has a theory that actually, even though the match was announced, and he wasn’t told it would be cut, the plan was always to cut it as part of a Total Divas storyline.
“That makes me more mad, if I’m like a lamb to slaughter for Total Divas.
“People liked Total Divas, it’s still the standard in terms of doing these wrestling reality shows. I would have been like, ‘Let me in, let me make a scene. Let me be part of that’.
“Here’s the thing people don’t know; our match got cut, Vince (McMahon) stood up and told us, ‘Hey guys, we have to do it tomorrow’. What I hated the most is that everyone in there was like, ‘Alright, yeah’.
“I was staring a hole through him. I knew I couldn’t fist fight, that wasn’t on my mind, but I didn’t want him to think I was happy. I didn’t want him to think, ‘Oh cool, the biggest event we have every year that we’re ready to rock for isn’t going to happen’.
“It made me not like P Diddy too because he had a musical performance and it was real long. I thought, ‘We could have done the match in the beginning of this musical thing’.
“I stare a hole through him (Vince), I’m very upset, I’m sure he could have cared less.
“I go and sit under the stage. I didn’t want to freak out. You don’t want to lash out at anybody. People are doing their jobs and working hard. Mania is moving on with or without me.
“I went and sat under the stage, and looking down, I felt this foot kick my foot. It was Donald Trump.
“He was walking back, he had his whole posse, he’s walking back and is like, ‘excuse me young man’. I had to shimmy my legs to the side for these 50 people he had with him. I had to get out of the way for Donald. It was kind of a sobering moment. ‘Hey, life is moving on’.”
WWE released video footage earlier of Rhodes and his family arriving at WrestleMania 39, which you can see at this link.
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