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WWE/ROH News: Cody Rhodes responds to fan criticism on Vince McMahon, Randy Orton responds

Simon Cotton
29.64K   //    06 Feb 2018, 12:54 IST

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What’s the story?

Ring of Honor wrestler Cody Rhodes fires back at critics of his comments on Vince McMahon holding back talent and caught a response from Randy Orton in the process.

In case you didn’t know...

Rhodes held a Twitter Q&A early Monday morning and was asked whether McMahon unfairly holds back wrestlers. The former ROH World Champion responded by saying that McMahon doesn’t hold anyone back and that some wrestlers in WWE aren’t as motivated or as ready as fans perceive them to be.

The heart of the matter

The idea that wrestlers within WWE are held back by management is a widely believed theory regarding many superstars who seem on the cusp of greatness in the eyes of the fans, but ultimately tend to fall short of their potential. However, Rhodes’ comments poked holes in that theory and some fans questioned him further about it.

Rhodes’ first response to these criticisms was to Twitter user @TheActivistOBW who suggested that the former Intercontinental Champion was giving safe answers in the hopes of returning to the company. He also suggested that Rhodes was backtracking on the comments he made after leaving the company in 2016.

Rhodes ended his 10-year career with the WWE citing creative issues with continuing the Stardust character, something many fans felt held the second son of the late Dusty Rhodes back, but Rhodes responded by saying that the answer to that question would’ve been different if it focused solely on him.


The biggest controversy came from Twitter user @OTRSCentral who said that claiming McMahon doesn’t hold anyone back was Rhodes’ way of giving “a political answer” that had no real basis.

Rhodes would respond in a big way and would even catch the attention of Randy Orton who joked about a Legacy reunion in the future.

Rhodes would respond with the following tweet.

What’s next?

ROH Honor Reigns Supreme will take place on Friday, February 9th in Concord, North Carolina and Rhodes will team with fellow Bullet Club members, Marty Scrull and Adam Page, in a six-man tag team match against Matt Taven, TK’O Ryan and Vinny Marseglia of The Kingdom.

Author’s Take

This topic sparked a debate amongst many wrestling fans about the differences between being held back and not being viewed at a certain level and that may be the big difference that only WWE Superstars and management could provide more clarity on.

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Simon Cotton
Freelance Journalist and Photographer, Columbia College Chicago Graduate Student, Jackson State University Alumnus Occasional guest on the Social Suplex Podcast Network. Catch me on Anchor for some interesting thoughts.
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