Fastlane's press conference served as a stage where 'The American Nightmare' Cody Rhodes elucidated his intentions and emotions heading into a pivotal ratings war episode of WWE NXT, while Adam Copeland marked his in-ring debut as part of AEW Dynamite’s Title Tuesday, pitting the two juggernaut companies against each other in a head-to-head battle for the first time since April 2021.
In a strategic response, WWE has enlisted the star power of Cody Rhodes, John Cena, and Paul Heyman, all of whom will grace the WWE Performance Centre with their presence. Rhodes, maintaining a cryptic aura around his scheduled announcement, lavished praise on the NXT roster and expressed palpable excitement about reconvening with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.
“I just want to go. I have a specific announcement that I want to bring. I’m excited to be there. I’m excited to see Shawn Michaels and what he’s done. Carmelo Hayes is one of my favorite people. Trick [Williams], I mean, the whole [roster] it’s an impressive group.
I don’t think that’s in the cards for me. But here’s the thing. I have probably told you guys a bazillion things and somehow ended up in that exact spot. So I don’t know,” shared Rhodes, weaving a tapestry of anticipation and mystery.
Cody's Emotional Return
Cody Rhodes' return to WWE at WrestleMania 38 was nothing short of a sentimental journey, as he embarked on a quest to seize the company’s Championship in tribute to his father, Dusty Rhodes, sensing an irreplaceable void left by the legend in NXT.
Dusty Rhodes was instrumental in the creation of the Performance Centre, mentoring numerous Superstars to NXT success and priming them for the main roster. However, the emotional weight of being amidst the echoes of his father’s work and influence had initially dissuaded Cody from ever stepping foot inside the building.
This tidbit was shared with heartfelt sincerity during the Fastlane Press Conference, offering a rare glimpse into the emotional landscape navigated by Rhodes in this journey. In an environment where Dusty Rhodes’ legacy pervades every corner of the WWE Performance Centre, 'The American Nightmare' feels that no one has authentically stepped into the iconic space left behind by his father, engendering a narrative of reverence, nostalgia, and continuation of legacy that will surely permeate through his future endeavors in the wrestling arena.