Rhodes shocked the crowd when he carried Braun Strowman, who weighed 350 pounds, onto his shoulders and paraded around the ring at a WWE live event in Denver, Colorado. John Cena, a legend in WWE, has much in common with this impressive display of strength and determination.
The feat occurred just one week before Rhodes wrestled Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39. In a six-person match, Rhodes, Strowman, Ricochet, and The Usos defeated Solo Sikoa and Solo Sikoa. The rise of Rhodes to the top of WWE has significantly impacted ticket sales for the company.
Even during the busy WrestleMania season, the "Road to WrestleMania" show in Denver had nearly 10,000 attendees, an unprecedented number for a WWE house show. For correlation, WWE sold over 6,000 tickets for an episode of "WWE Crude" at a similar setting in February 2022, paving the way to WrestleMania 38.
Rhodes' Rising Popularity Skyrockets WWE Merchandise Sales
In recent months, Rhodes has become one of WWE's top merchandise movers in addition to increasing ticket sales. Further demonstrating his influence on the business and its brand, his merchandise sales have reached comparable levels of the highest caliber WWE superstars.
Before his triumphant return to WWE at WrestleMania 38, Rhodes paid tribute to the numerous independent promotions where he honed his skills over the weekend. Rhodes made the thoughtful decision to engrave the names of these independent feds on his attire for WrestleMania 39.
Several wrestlers were moved to tears by this move and thanked Rhodes for motivating them to keep fighting for their chance to break into the mainstream wrestling scene. Rhodes is the favorite to defeat Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 due to his recent accomplishments and dedication to the sport.
He will become the first man in over 1,200 days to pin "The Tribal Chief" if the predictions are correct, establishing his dominance in the WWE. The incredible journey that Cody Rhodes has taken from the indie wrestling scene to the top of WWE has attracted the attention and admiration of both fellow wrestlers and fans.
His status has increased, and he is now a valuable asset for the WWE thanks to his ability to combine athleticism, strength, and a love of the sport.