Cody Rhodes has claimed that he almost got into a backstage fight with a top WWE star.
When Cody Rhodes returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38, he was revealed as the mystery opponent for Seth Rollins.
The two men went on to have two more matches, culminating with a Hell In A Cell match. Rhodes defeated Rollins on three straight occasions to win their feud.
Appearing on the Dan LeBatard Show, Cody was asked if there were any tensions backstage that led to a fight. He answered:
“I almost would say that I like less people than I dislike in terms of the backstage setting. The competition that exists in wrestling, you see that suspension of disbelief on-screen, but backstage it is very real in terms of the competition, who is going to be on top.”
“For example, who is going to headline WrestleMania. This year, being Roman Reigns and myself, it doesn’t garner a lot of friends. Seth Rollins is the closest I’ve ever had to backstage turning into a fist fight in front of all of our peers and upper management.”
“It didn’t happen. Him and I absolutely can’t stand one another, I’d probably try and rip his eyes out.”
Rhodes continued on to reveal that he has gotten into an actual altercation backstage, saying:
“I’ve had one backstage skirmish. I’m not going to name the guy. The good thing is, I won. When I came back, this is early in my career, he was wearing one of my vests.”
“I have these special leather vests that I wore as part of my entrance. He was wearing it and kind of mocking me at the talent viewing position. As I went walking towards him, I thought I was going to headbutt him, but a headbutt seems pretty violent these days.”
“I thought, ‘why don’t I just grapple him?’ I have a good folkstyle Greco background. I got an over-under and swept him to the floor.”
“Then I took my jacket and I looked like a complete jerk in front of everybody because he was probably just having a good time and it was probably funny. Only one fight backstage and I won that fight.”
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