“I Don’t Know Who Started Them”- Cody Rhodes Reflects on His Now Iconic Signature, That Existed Since 2017

Published 07/28/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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If you’re a Cody Rhodes fan, you must have sung along whenever his entrance music hit. ‘Kingdom’, Rhodes’ theme song, is so much more than a piece of music. It has become a medium for the 38-year-old to connect with his audience. And while Rhodes has been using the same piece for the last six years, the song has gained immense popularity in recent times.

In a chat with Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated, Rhodes opened up about the contagious nature of ‘Kingdom’ and shared his thoughts on the same.

Cody Rhodes calls himself lucky as ‘Whoa’ catches on


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Rhodes left the WWE in 2016 for the first time after citing creative differences. Before his return to the Stamford-based promotion, The American Nightmare toured the indies and performed in a high-capacity role in the rival All Elite Wrestling. Throughout that journey, Rhodes was accompanied by ‘Kingdom’.


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But the song has never been more popular than it is now. Every time Rhodes breaks those curtains and walks inside, while the music plays, the crowd sings along. The most raucous part is the ‘Whoa‘, which gets almost everyone singing out loud. Reacting to the newfound crowd’s love for his song, Rhodes called himself lucky.

“All I can think of when it happens is, how lucky I am,” he told Traina. But Cody Rhodes isn’t content with the love. He’s looking to expand. “How do I get it even louder? How do we get this to be even more of a thing,” he said, divulging his plans.

Rhodes said that the song is an integral part of WWE shows and not playing it would be cheating the fans. “It’s very much roped into the fabric of Monday Night RAW. I don’t know who started them and how they started but I’m glad it’s happening,” he added.

Meanwhile, did you know the makers of the high-energy song once made a scary admission about it?

Kingdom maker confesses that the song will haunt him till he dies

Kingdom is produced by the musical band Downstait. It was done after Rhodes had left the WWE in 2016 and was looking for a new song. Needless to say, as the song has gained popularity, so has the band.


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But despite the massive success, Zack Call, one of the members of the band, thinks that it’ll haunt him for the rest of his life. The most participative part of the song is the ‘Whoa’, but Call hadn’t written it initially. The near miss is the reason for him to berate himself.

Can you imagine what would have happened to ‘Kingdom’ without the big ‘Whoa’? Fortunately, it was there, paving the way for the crowd to sing along.


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So, what are your thoughts on Rhodes’ take on his entrance theme? Let us know in the comments.


Written by:

Sudipto Maity


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Sudipto is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a PG degree in Mass Communication. Being an experienced journalist, Sudipto has interviewed WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus and hopes to add some more names to that list.
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Sherjeel Malik