WWE star didn’t expect to return before ‘spectacular’ conversation with Vince McMahon

Cody Rhodes initially thought his conversation with Vince McMahon about a possible return to WWE might be “uninteresting”.

Rhodes wrestled his first WWE match in six years when he defeated Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 38 last month. Since returning to the company, the 36-year-old has expressed his desire to win the undisputed WWE Universal Championship from Roman Reigns.

Speaking on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, Rhodes revealed his state of mind when McMahon visited him with WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard:

“Part of me thought what was being said wouldn’t be interesting, but I will be able to thank them, love them, and be flattered that I went from someone they might have laughed at to having this conversation. I feel good But what they said was nothing short of spectacular, and it was just about time [to return]”Rhodes said.

Rhodes is scheduled to face Rollins again in Providence, Rhode Island at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday. The previous singles match between the two men was widely considered one of the best of the WrestleMania 38 weekend.

Cody Rhodes spoke to Vince McMahon about WWE promotional materials

Steve Austin returned to the ring for the first time in 19 years to defeat Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38. The WWE Hall of Famer’s face appeared outside AT&T Stadium in the days leading up to the two-night event .

Reflecting on his own WrestleMania 38 experience, Cody Rhodes said he had a conversation with Vince McMahon about his advertising for WWE’s big shows:

“A team effort, but the biggest image outside of AT&T Stadium is your giant head,” Rhodes continued. “That, for me, I look at these things. I had this conversation with Vince. I look at these things and I’m like, ‘Okay, how can I put my head up there?’ And not by hunting and playing politics… how can I do it? How can I really do it?”

Rhodes also thanked Austin for the “home” of WrestleMania on Saturday, referring to the fact that the show drew 77,899 spectators with him as the main draw. Austin joked that Becky Lynch told him the same thing after her match against Bianca Belair.

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