‘Monday Night Raw’ star Cody Rhodes discusses WrestleMania
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As ‘Monday Night Raw’ fans know, this Sunday is the biggest wrestling pay-per-view event of the year, WrestleMania XXVIII. In the fourth of a five-part Q&A with WWE superstars, Intercontinental champion Cody Rhodes talks about what the event means to him.
Q: WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of pro wrestling. Do you feel more pressure to have a good match Sunday than any other time of the year?
No. I don’t feel more pressure because every other match you have during the year is what brings you to WrestleMania. Sure, there are more people watching WrestleMania but the hard part is getting there.
Q: What is your favorite moment in WrestleMania history?
I’m going to pick a moment that I know nobody else would pick: “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s retirement match vs. the Ultimate Warrior. It wasn’t the match that was great, but Macho Man’s reuniting with Miss Elizabeth afterward. It was such a great moment and people in the stands were actually crying.
Q: If you could transport any wrestler from history, in the prime of his career, to face you at next year’s WrestleMania, who would it be and why?
Shawn Michaels. The problem with Shawn Michaels is that he has been called “Mr. WrestleMania” for so long that he will always be called that. The only way to change that would be to beat him at WrestleMania, 1, 2, 3.
Q: If you were ever inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, who is the first person you thank?
Myself. This is entertainment. This is show business. Nice guys finish last. I have found that the meaner I get in my career, the more success I’ve had. I’d thank myself.
Q: Twenty years from now, when people are looking back at your career, what do you hope they say?
“I didn’t see him coming.” I’ve portrayed several distinctly different characters already in my career and now I can just be me.
-- Houston Mitchell
WrestleMania XXVIII is available on pay-per-view this Sunday. Contact your local cable TV or satellite provider for more information.