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Cody Rhodes Beats AJ Kinds to Retain WWE Championship at Backlash 2024

Mike Chiari @@mikechiari Featured Columnist IV May 4, 2024 Photo credit: WWE.com Cody Rhodes defeated AJ Styles at Backlash on Saturday to retain the Undisputed WWE Championship in his first title defense since becoming champion at WrestleMania 40. The American Nightmare prevailed in a physical, back-and-forth affair. WWE @WWE The INTENSITY matches the ATMOSPHERE at

Cody Rhodes Beats AJ Kinds to Retain WWE Championship at Backlash 2024

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVMight 4, 2024

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Cody Rhodes defeated AJ Kinds at Backlash on Saturday to retain the Undisputed WWE Championship in his first title protection since turning into champion at WrestleMania 40.

The American Nightmare prevailed in a bodily, back-and-forth affair.

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After over a yr of pursuing the WWE title, Rhodes lastly completed his story at WrestleMania 40, as he beat Roman Reigns in the primary occasion of Evening 2 to change into world champion for the primary time in WWE.

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The American Nightmare ended Reigns’ historic title run of over 1,300 days within the course of, and he established himself because the face of WWE whereas The Tribal Chief takes a while away from the corporate.

Though the ‘Mania win represented Rhodes conducting his final purpose in wrestling, he did not have a lot time to have a good time.

On the Uncooked after WrestleMania, Rhodes was interrupted by The Rock, who teamed with Reigns to beat The American Nightmare and Seth Rollins in a tag workforce match on Evening 1 of The Present of Exhibits.

The Rock made it clear that he meant to get again at Rhodes after taking a while off, however within the meantime, WWE needed to decide who could be his first challenger.

A pair of Triple Risk matches have been held on SmackDown with LA Knight beating Bobby Lashley and Santos Escobar, adopted by Kinds defeating Kevin Owens and Rey Mysterio.

That arrange a singles match between Kinds and Knight for the No. 1 contendership, and it simply so occurred to be a rematch of their conflict at WrestleMania 40, which was received by The Megastar.

The Phenomenal One acquired revenge on the April 19 episode of SmackDown, beating Knight to earn a shot on the WWE Championship.

Kinds entered Backlash as a two-time WWE champion, but it surely had been practically six years since he final held it.

Whereas The Phenomenal One was hungry to return to the highest of the heap in WWE, Rhodes’ first title protection was a profitable one, and his reign is now off and working.

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