A top AEW name has commented on Cody Rhodes and GUNTHER’s performances at WWE Royal Rumble.
Cody Rhodes made his triumphant return following seven months away with an injury to win the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match by last eliminating GUNTHER.
However, the Intercontinental Champion made some history along the way, coming in at #1 and breaking Rey Mysterio’s long standing record for longest time in a traditional Royal Rumble match by lasting 71 minutes.
In a clip from the latest Grilling JR podcast posted on its YouTube channel, AEW commentator and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross commented on the Royal Rumble 2023 event. Congratulating Rhodes on his victory, Ross stated:
“I watched in and out of it. I had company here, so I didn’t dwell on it. But I did watch pieces of it. I thought it was an amazing production. It looked great, sounded good on my TV.”
“So it was an interesting event. Certainly [I’ll] congratulate Cody Rhodes for winning it. It’s not a huge surprise, but does that matter? He was the right guy for the job.”
“Now he’s gonna be able to help the company build their way to WrestleMania in a few weeks. So I thought it was a good show. I thought there were some moments in there.”
“I thought it was interesting that they started out with the Royal Rumble match for the men. Didn’t have a problem with it. I thought it was an interesting way to start, and it captured my attention right off the bat.”
Praising GUNTHER and touting him as the MVP of the entire Men’s Rumble, JR said:
“He’s a freak, and [he] had a hell of a night, no doubt about it. Probably the best night of his career ever. It’s arguable to say that Gunther was the MVP of that show because he went well over an hour.”
“But he’s a lean, mean fighting machine, there’s no doubt about that. So hat’s off to him as well. It’s just great to see wrestlers having the opportunity on a major stage to succeed, and their effort dictates their success.”
“If that is true, which I believe it to be, Gunther had a hell of a night. He had a very successful night, even though he didn’t win.”
“It’s one of those classic situations where the guy that goes over doesn’t always get over, and in this scenario, I fully believe that Gunther got over, even though he didn’t win the Rumble. So he’s an interesting prospect. I would expect great things for him, especially after Saturday night.”
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