Cody Rhodes

On Saturday night at WrestleMania 38, Cody Rhodes made his comeback to WWE nearly six years after he famously left the company.

Rhodes has wrestled all over the world during that period and was instrumental in the formation of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Tony Khan’s rival wrestling business. Rhodes was a prominent star onscreen and an executive vice president offscreen at AEW, but he resigned after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract in February 2022.

In the days leading up to WrestleMania, Cody Rhodes told Variety that he aims to achieve what his father, the great Dusty Rhodes, never managed to do.

Cody Rhodes Defeated Seth Rollins

Cody Rhodes has his sights set on the WWE Championship, but he won’t say so out loud for fear of jinxing it. Dusty challenged Superstar Billy Graham for the WWWF championship in 1977 in Madison Square Garden, but he never won it.

In a very methodical and technical initial few minutes, “The American Nightmare” appeared perfectly at home going toe-to-toe with Rollins, as the two felt each other out. Rollins hit Rhodes in mid-air with a dropkick to the ribs as he attempted a crossbody off the top rope, then proceeded to attack the damaged stomach with repeated knees.

Rollins set the band up for a stomp, but he stepped on the air twice as Rhodes slid out of the way and stunned Rollins with a Cross Rhodes for another near-fall. From then, the action picked up as the two Superstars pulled out all the stops, trading knockout strikes and leaving the WWE Universe guessing what it would take to win this bout.

Cody Rhodes destroyed Rollins with back-to-back Cross Rhodes after kicking out of a Pedigree, before paying honor to his late father with a Bionic Elbow and nailing a third Cross Rhodes for good measure to win his comeback match to WWE.