Former WWE manager on Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes won the men's Royal Rumble match after a long absence due to injury

by Simone Brugnoli
Former WWE manager on Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes won the men's Royal Rumble match after a long absence due to injury. 'The American Nightmare' has earned a spot in the main event of WrestleMania 39, where he will challenge 'Tribal Chief' Roman Reigns for the world title.

We remind you that the 2023 edition of the 'Showcase of the Immortals' will be staged on April 1 and 2 at the SoFi Stadium, a stone's throw from Hollywood. In the latest edition of 'Smack Talk' on Sportskeeda, former WWE manager Dutch Mantell explained how the pectoral muscle injury almost benefited Rhodes' career: "Cody got hurt on the eve of Hell in a Cell 2022 and shortly after there was the sensational farewell of Vince McMahon.

WWE has gone through a moment of great uncertainty and it has not been easy for the athletes to manage that situation either. Rhodes had plenty of time to recover and returned when things were much calmer. I think he came back at the perfect time and immediately got a big push to win the royal fight.

My fear was that Cody – as the weeks went by – could become one of many, but instead that injury has turned the cards on the table”.

Update on Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes' return to WWE was one of the main highlights of 2022.

The 37-year-old from Marietta left everyone speechless at WrestleMania 38, considering that Cody had been one of the founders of All Elite Wrestling in 2019. Arn Anderson is convinced that WWE has achieved its goals with the return of Cody Rhodes: “The return of Cody Rhodes has been a panacea for WWE in a moment of great difficulty.

Contrary to initial expectations, Cody immediately received a huge push and repaid the trust of the management by showing off a series of excellent performances. Rhodes' return to WWE has paid off, you have to admit it." Many fans are hoping that Cody walks out of WrestleMania 39 with the coveted world title.

On the latest edition of The Bro Show, WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page along with Vince Russo spoke about how Cody Rhodes has been handled so far. "I loved that moment where he said "wrestlers". They're called superstars - it's a title, not a belt.

To me, we're wrestlers and superstars - it kind of intermixes. I love what they're doing with Cody. I love how they brought him in, couldn't have brought a better guy to work with. The match he had at WrestleMania was amazing."

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