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“I Felt Like a Punk”: Cody Rhodes Got Embarrassed After Comparing Himself With The Rock, John Cena, and Triple H Before Hell in a Cell 2022

Published 03/09/2023, 7:22 AM EST

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In June 2022, Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins went head to head in a Hell in a Cell match. The former shocked the entire WWE Universe when he came out with an enormous bruise on his right chest in his match. But despite being severely injured because of a torn pectoral muscle, he pushed himself and grabbed the victory.

In a recent interview, The American Nightmare, who tore his right peck during his match preparation, reveals what was going through his mind of having an injury just a few days prior to the big Hell in a Cell match.

Cody Rhodes felt worthless because of his injury


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Rhodes was the special guest on Episode 98 of “Out of Character with Ryan Satin”. During the podcast, he opened up about why he felt embarrassed because of a torn pectoral tendon muscle.


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The 6’2 star said, “When I walked in Allstate Arena. Chicago has been like a second hometown to me because of the things that I’ve been able to do there. I was very embarrassed when I walked in and saw that giant poster of me for Hell in a Cell. And then I saw the chairs with the same picture on them.


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“One of the building workers were setting chairs up, asked me, ‘Is this you?’, That’s so cool. And underneath my zip-up at the time is just a giant nasty bloody – whatever you’d call it – disfigured arm and chest that I had that just continued to grow,” he continued.

Surely, the 2023 Royal Rumble winner didn’t want to disappoint his fans because of his injury, holding him back from giving his 100%.

Injured Rhodes was lacking confidence

During the interview, the 220 lb wrestler also mentioned that his injury made him “feel like a punk.” The 2022 Hell in a Cell match was an important one in his career. Rhodes wanted to perform like some of the WWE legends.


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But unfortunately, his injury prevented him from pushing his limits, which made him lose confidence at the time.

“I wanted to be a John Cena and Triple H and The Rock. And these guys who helped lead in and direct the ship. I wanted to be that, but maybe I don’t have what it takes,” said the former AEW star. Nevertheless, he got his confidence back later.

But there is no doubt that The American Nightmare did not disappoint a soul in his WWE Hell in a Cell match against The Visionary in 2022 and put on a performance that will go down in the history of not only WWE but pro wrestling.


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Monika Thapa

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Monika Thapa is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English. An avid fan of WWE since her childhood, Monika admires the dedication and determination of WWE fighters.

Edited By: Sherjeel Malik