Cody Rhodes details his first meeting with WWE ahead of his return; says he apologized for one thing

Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes (Image credit:
Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes (Image credit:

Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes recently recalled his first meeting with the company ahead of his return at WrestleMania 38. The American Nightmare disclosed that he apologized for one thing.

The 38-year-old spent about a decade in the Stamford-based company before requesting his release and departing in 2016. Over the next six years, he competed in other promotions and helped build AEW. Nevertheless, Rhodes made his comeback at WrestleMania 38 and has since become one of the top superstars in the company.

In a recent interview with the Behind The Turnbuckle podcast, The American Nightmare addressed his return to the company. He stated that the first meeting saw him thanking the promotion and apologizing for the way he left six years earlier.

"That first meeting back was not about coming back. It was more about let's find out kind of where we are in our lives now. And in a way thanking WWE. And in a way apologizing to WWE for how I left in the first place. But I really wanted them to know, and I might've been too strong armed about it, I wanted them to know, 'Hey, I have a sense of how to do this, how live crowds flow, the rhythm of the night, and if I can earn your trust.'" he said. [From 34:27 to 34:56]

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Cody Rhodes is seemingly the new face of WWE

Last April, The American Nightmare ended Roman Reigns' historic Undisputed WWE Championship reign at WrestleMania XL. Chief Content Officer Triple H later dubbed him the man who would lead the company into the new era, seemingly announcing him as the new face of the promotion.

Since capturing the title, Cody Rhodes has defended it multiple times at live events and twice on televised shows against AJ Styles and Logan Paul. The 38-year-old will now put his championship on the line again against The Phenomenal One in an I Quit match at Clash at the Castle.

While many expect The American Nightmare to overcome Styles again in Glasgow, Scotland, some fans and experts, including former RAW Talk host Matt Camp, have suggested he should square off against his former Legacy teammate Randy Orton at SummerSlam.

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