Cody Rhodes Reveals Why He Feels ‘Shy’ to Share His Mother’s Real Nationality: “People Were So Upset”

Published 03/19/2023, 8:45 AM EDT

WWE star Cody Rhodes recently made an interesting revelation. One of the fan favorites, Rhodes shared a crucial detail about his personal life with his fans. Even the adherent followers of The American Nightmare could be surprised to know that Rhodes is half Cuban in heritage. 

However, there is a reason why the masses don’t know much about his family heritage. In the same interview, as he publicly announced his Cuban blood, Rhodes also gave an explanation. There is no such reason for him to want to keep this matter private. Rather, the wrestler kept this information to himself for a specific reason.

Why did Cody Rhodes hide his Cuban past all this while?


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The internet can be an intimidating place at times. Whether you are a celebrity or not, you have to step carefully into a minefield full of opinions and comments. The former AEW star mentioned his Cuban heritage and how he relates to it. He also explained that he is always shy about mentioning this fact about himself.

I remember one time I clicked a picture of a Cuban, like, Spanish Heritage Month. I took a picture, and I was in the photo and people were so upset,” Stardust shared. He started feeling out of place following this incident.


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The main reason for that was that Rhodes was born to an American father. He was born in the United States and was raised there too. There was very little room for him to acknowledge and learn about his Cuban culture.

How exactly is Cody Rhodes Cuban?

Cody Garrett Runnels Rhodes was born to an American wrestler, Dusty Rhodes. His mother’s side of the family, however, was from Cuba. This made Rhodes half Cuban in nature. It appears that the reason why fans were upset with The American Nightmare sharing that picture was that they never saw him acknowledging his heritage before.


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In fact, Rhodes even mentioned that he is unable to speak Spanish as fluently as he should have.

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We can see WWE already using Rhodes’ late father in his storyline to lead up to a WrestleMania 39 match. Is it also possible for the promotion now to use Rhodes’ partial ethnicity in a storyline? 


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Kaif Ali

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Kaif Ali is a UFC content writer at Essentially Sports. He is a full-time student at Delhi University, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in the English language, and a sports enthusiast with a deep passion for MMA. He is always your go-to person when you wish to debate about any UFC champion.

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