AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes has explained why he modified his father Dusty’s nickname to become the ‘American Nightmare’.
Rhodes adopted the moniker after his departure from WWE, and in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ with Bleacher Report, he has now explained why it came about.
“I spent my WWE career trying to do everything different from Dusty but then at a certain point you’re allowed a little grace. When I left in 2015 and went to New Japan it was Tiger Hattori and Gato that liked the idea because it was easy for the fans to follow because it was like ‘The American Dream’. I was able to take it from there and get ownership of it and bring it everywhere I go. Now I’m surprised because I’ve never used it before. Dusty was rags to riches and I was riches to riches, bratty little kid so the American Nightmare fits me well.”
Cody Rhodes will be in action on tonight’s big AEW Dynamite ‘Grand Slam’ show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in a rematch against Malakai Black.
In the same interview Rhodes revealed his Mount Rushmore of wrestling, which included Vince McMahon and Tony Khan, and you can read more about that at this link.