Cody Rhodes has been away from in-ring action since WWE Hell in a Cell in June 2022, the result of a pectoral muscle injury.
Rhodes had picked up the injury whilst preparing for the match against Seth Rollins and worked through the Hell in a Cell match.
He would make his in-ring return at WWE Royal Rumble on January 28, winning the match and setting his sights on a title shot at WrestleMania 39.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, Rhodes would discuss how the injury happened, saying:
“I was embarrassed, I really was. I was on top of my game. All the measurables of, ‘this is working, we’re selling this, people are tuning in.’ I’m doing it.
“Then I got hurt bench pressing at my gym. Probably a lot of wrestling was involved in that, but I didn’t know. I was just embarrassed.
“I’m really sorry. I am. I didn’t want to leave. I had almost a 30-minute match and then had to go get surgery. I was embarrassed.”
Rhodes would go on to discuss how the setback impacted on his confidence in himself and how two WWE executives showed faith in him, explaining:
“That was one time where I thought, ‘I’m worried now. Maybe I don’t have it.’
“Everyone has doubts, even the most confident people. Maybe I didn’t have it.
“I’ll tell you two people that really kept me in check, Nick Khan and Bruce Prichard. I don’t know why they have reputations.
“They’ve been nothing but angels to me. Nick and Bruce don’t see Dusty (Rhodes) when they see me, they see me. That’s big. That’s big with me.
“They kept me on and never told me, ‘You’re going to do this, this is going to happen.’
“Just, ‘get better, get well, we need you back, we’re going to go for it,’ but we never talked about what it was.
“To be able to come back and punch this ticket, Thank God, just have to stay healthy.”
Triple H has also spoken about comparisons between Cody Rhodes and his father, saying that he sees “the greatness of his dad amplified.”
He also addressed the return of Cody Rhodes following the injury and the subject of “punching his ticket” to WrestleMania.
Transcript from Fightful.
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