Cody Rhodes was recently interviewed by padsandpanels.com to promote Sunday's WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view. In the interview, Cody was asked about the returns of The Rock and Brock Lesnar.
Obviously, The Rock recently came back. There’s the character Lord Tensai, and now Brock Lesnar is back. As someone who likely grew up watching the Attitude Era, what is it like to be a part of what’s going on right now?
"Well, I mean, I walked into The Rock’s dressing room at WrestleMania and thanked him for the number of people who were there that night and the number of people who ordered it on pay per view. I have such respect for The Rock.
And now with the return of Brock … it’s completely different than The Rock. But for me, it kind of just made me angry and not in a way like, ‘Oh, blast. They get to be on another pay per view.’ More in a way that – I’m out there working. I never take a day off. I never plan on taking a day off. I’m so in love with the wrestling business I couldn’t see myself going away. And these guys have that ability to come back in because they have that presence, they have that following and are just automatically accepted as superstars again. So there’s something to learn and something to be kind of irritated from that whole Attitude Era generation, but I get it from both the good and the bad."
Welcome to passive aggression.
It really boggles my mind when current WWE talent take offense to a guy like The Rock or Brock Lesnar returning. As if Cody was even in the main-event picture to begin with.
It also boggles my mind that certain WWE talent have issues with Lesnar and The Rock moving on from WWE to pursue other passions in life. Sounds like jealousy to me.
I'm glad Cody has respect for The Rock and thanked him for drawing the house that Wrestlemania did, because it is a complete certainty that, had The Rock vs. John Cena not been the headline attraction at Wrestlemania, there is no way whatsoever the event would have broken records and been as successful as it was.
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show didn't sell Wrestlemania. The Rock vs. John Cena did.
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show isn't gonna sell Extreme Rules. Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena is.
Furthermore, when Rock and Brock were full-time members of the WWE roster, they gave it all they had every single night and toured the world many times over, and in the process created huge names for themselves.
They have earned the right to come back to WWE on their terms and be "automatically accepted as superstars again."
After all, WWE needs The Rock and Brock Lesnar a whole lot more than they need WWE.