Cody Rhodes Found Inspiration in John Cena to Break One of His Most Stringent Rules After WWE Return

Published 03/31/2023, 10:15 AM EDT

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Cody Rhodes is one of the most popular wrestlers in the current era. His rise to main-event status came as a turning point in his career. After co-finding AEW and leaving it in 2022, Rhodes returned to his roots in WWE to finish his story.

His return at WrestleMania 38 was one of the most chilling moments in ‘Mania history. However, he soon tore his pectoral muscle and had to be sidelined for a long time. Nevertheless, he would return at Royal Rumble 2023, much earlier than his expected healing time.

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His return was much anticipated after he had left WWE on a bad note in 2016. However, his fairytale return would get ruined by a torn pectoral muscle. Before his match with Rollins at Hell in a Cell 2022, Rhodes would hit the gym but unfortunately, it was here his pec came apart from the bone. Although such an injury takes out a wrestler for months, Rhodes would return earlier than expected at Royal Rumble.


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Speaking to Logan Paul on his podcast, he revealed how he took inspiration from John Cena on the return and made it happen. During the 2008 WWE Royal Rumble, John Cena would return as the 30th surprise entrant after being sidelined with a serious injury.

What did Cody Rhodes reveal about taking inspiration from John Cena?

Both Cody Rhodes and John Cena are two of the most popular WWE superstars of all time. And both of their return at Royal Rumble was loved by the fans. However, while both of them recovered before returning at Rumble, Rhodes would wrestle against Rollins at Hell in a cell with his injured torn pec.


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Speaking to Logan Paul, Rhodes claimed taking inspiration from Cena. He said, “Maybe I don’t have what John [Cena] has. That’s why I was so adamant that we’re not going to do some stupid thing backstage.” 

The American Nightmare claimed that he did not want to be written off in a storyline and thus wrestled the match. However, he also clarified how one should never wrestle injured, but he wanted to have the match. Wrestling with a torn pec against Rollins, completely changed Rhodes’ career, and made got more over than he already was.


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Soon after the match he would go on a hiatus, have his pec repaired and be in rehab. However, at Rumble, he would make his return to win the event and challenge Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39.


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Written by:

Shounak Chakrabarti


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Shounak Chakrabarti is WWE writer at EssentiallySports. With a degree in Journalism, he wants to stand tall as an objective journalist. An avid fan of wrestling from childhood, Shounak has followed the sport from its very core and Seth 'Freakin' Rollins just happens to be his favorite wrestler.
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Edited by:

Sherjeel Malik