Cody Rhodes, having made an illustrious return to WWE at WrestleMania 38 in 2022, is in the midst of a career resurgence. While his sights are firmly set on capturing the coveted WWE Championship, his journey to this point wasn't always paved with gold.
In a candid conversation with Dale Download hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr, Rhodes delved into his days as Stardust. He emphasized the significance of physical fitness in the WWE, pointing out that being in peak condition can be a game-changer.
“It’s crucial to be in the best shape of your life,” Rhodes explained. “We’re in a business where appearance matters. The top brass in WWE has a deep appreciation for fitness. They themselves set a high standard, being fit and always donning custom suits”.
He continued with a piece of advice for upcoming talent, “The first thing I always stress is fitness. It isn’t just about looks; it’s a mindset”. Rhodes regrets not applying this advice during his Stardust days.
He believes that had he presented himself as a fitter Cody Rhodes rather than the Stardust persona, things might have taken a different turn. “Had Stardust been sculpted with a ripped physique, the management might have rethought the outfit,” he mused.
Masked Stardust Mishap
A striking revelation came when Rhodes touched upon the Stardust costume, particularly an almost-introduced mask. “The mask was laughable,” Rhodes confessed. “When I tried it on, it bore an uncanny resemblance to an inflating condom.
It was more comedic than cool. There's room for humor, but it should never be at your own expense”. He elaborated, drawing parallels with Electro from Spider-Man comics, “It was as if a condom and Electro had a design collaboration.
I voiced my reservations to Vince McMahon about the mask. Thankfully, I managed to sidestep that potential misstep”. Despite the Stardust character having its moments, Rhodes is relieved that phase is behind him. However, fans can expect an occasional homage to his Stardust days, maybe even a cartwheel or two, during his matches.
As Cody Rhodes continues to ascend the ranks once more in WWE, it's evident that his past experiences have only sharpened his resolve. Readers can keep a lookout for his next matches and milestones, right here on MSN and Google News.
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