Originally published at Seth Rollins says match with Cody Rhodes was finalized three weeks before WrestleMania 38
Rollins deep dives into his 2022 program with Cody Rhodes.
This year’s WrestleMania featured Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE. On his return night, he picked up a win over Seth Rollins.
The lead-up to the match saw Rollins attempting to find his way onto the WrestleMania card until it was ultimately decided that he would have a mystery opponent. Rollins told Ryan Satin on the Out of Character podcast that the match with Rhodes was finalized three weeks before.
Up until that point, Rollins was in the dark and was not sure if he would be part of WrestleMania. He mentioned that he had some “strong conversations” with former Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon about it. It got to the point where Rollins sent Rhodes a text message and straight up asked if he’s coming or not.
I knew like — for sure, I would say less than a month out from WrestleMania and Vince so I was like they’re handling negotiations. I don’t wanna say something. I don’t know what they’ve told him or I don’t know what the heck is going on so I was just waiting to see, okay, am I gonna get some sort of confirmation and finally, we were getting too close and I was like, yeah, I need to know. I gotta text him so I was like, ‘We doing this thing or what?’ And he’s like, ‘Think so. Pretty sure.’ I’m like, ‘All right, well that’s good enough for me. If you’re committed then I guess we’re going so…’
Circling back around to the topic of the build, Rollins did enjoy it. He said he and Cody’s story was different because it was a culmination of what Rollins had been doing on TV and the match was the payoff.
Rollins touched on the suggestion from viewers about Cody possibly being brought onto an episode of Raw before WrestleMania. He said he watches wrestling the same way so he understands those takes, but thinks it is better to just enjoy the ride.
I thought it was fun as well and help other stories kind of move along so, I enjoyed the process and the payoff was worth it so, you know, I’m glad we waited. I remember a lot of online build-up being like, ‘Why don’t they just bring him in and then build it?’ I’m like, ah, just get on the ride man. Don’t watch the ride and be like, it shouldn’t go this way, that way. Just pay the money, get on the ride, get off and go, oh, that ride rocked… I get it, I get it, I understand. I watch wrestling the same way sometimes. Sometimes I find myself going, ‘Oh, why didn’t they do that? They should have done this.’ But at the end of the day, if it’s good, it’s good and I go, ‘Okay, cool, it’s good,’ you know? I like to watch and at least try to separate myself from watching it so analytically but, I understand it but just as a piece of advice, you get a lot more happiness if you just pay the ticket and get on the ride.
The second match between Rhodes and Rollins took place at WrestleMania Backlash and Rollins fell in defeat in that match as well. Seth said that was he and Cody’s show and they sold that one. (Note: Disregard Rollins’ note about Lynch and Belair. He mistook their WrestleMania 38 match for WrestleMania Backlash)
Say what you will about but, that was Cody and I’s show to begin with.
In the third match between Cody and Seth, they competed inside Hell in a Cell and Rhodes went into that match with a torn pectoral muscle. To hear POST Wrestling’s recap of their bout, check out our review of the show.
If the quotes in this article are used, please credit ‘Out of Character with Ryan Satin’ with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.