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Cody Rhodes Talks WWE 2K24 Cowl, The Rock, CM Punk, Royal Rumble in B/R Interview

Photo credit: WWE 2K24 Following his announcement as the cover athlete for the standard edition of the WWE 2K24 video game on Monday, Cody Rhodes sat down with Bleacher Report to discuss the honor, as well as the Royal Rumble, The Rock, CM Punk, Roman Reigns and what lies ahead for his career. Since returning

Cody Rhodes Talks WWE 2K24 Cowl, The Rock, CM Punk, Royal Rumble in B/R Interview

Photograph credit score: WWE 2K24

Following his announcement as the quilt athlete for the usual version of the WWE 2K24 online game on Monday, Cody Rhodes sat down with Bleacher Report to debate the distinction, in addition to the Royal Rumble, The Rock, CM Punk, Roman Reigns and what lies forward for his profession.

Since returning to WWE at WrestleMania 38 in 2022, Rhodes has gained a Royal Rumble, major evented WrestleMania and cemented himself as a prime star within the firm, however he admitted that being on the quilt of WWE 2K24 is close to the highest of that listing of accolades:

“I put it up there as the very best of highs by way of its significance. 2K is simply an unbelievable group and to be in the identical dialog as a Kobe Bryant, as a John Cena, as Rhea [Ripley] and Bianca [Belair] as 2K cowl athletes, it is arduous to have a foul day when one thing like that’s put in entrance of you. I do know we have labored arduous and I can pat myself on the again all day lengthy, however the actuality is I simply really feel very fortunate.”

Rhodes is sharing the 2K cowl athlete honor with Ripley and Belair, as they’re each featured within the cowl of the WWE 2K24 deluxe version, marking the primary time two ladies have shared a WWE 2K cowl.

Cody appeared to take as a lot satisfaction in that as his personal accomplishment, particularly as a father to 2-year-old daughter named Liberty:

“I feel illustration is so necessary, and also you could not have discovered two higher girls, ladies’s stars and simply common stars in our trade than Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair. For me, it will be the identical as if a John Cena was on the quilt. They’ve carried out the work. They honestly are—for those who come to those stay occasions or Uncooked, SmackDown, all of the PLEs—the response that individuals should a Rhea Ripley, the response that individuals should a Bianca, there’s an actual connection.

“Being a woman dad, we have grown up on this period of seeing that come to life and seeing that battle and that wrestle and that continued wrestle for illustration, for funding, for all of the issues. I hope I may be an ally and an advocate for that at all times, for my very own daughter and for everybody else’s daughter.”

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WWE 2K24 is chock full of recent additions which have wrestling followers and players buzzing, together with casket matches, ambulance matches, particular visitor referee matches and gauntlet matches.

Maybe the largest inclusion is the Forty Years of WrestleMania Showcase Mode, which permits players to relive the historical past of WrestleMania by taking part in by and watching video clips of lots of the greatest matches to happen on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

Rhodes is particularly excited to play by that particular Showcase Mode, saying:

“I feel the function I am wanting ahead to is the Showcase itself as a result of now you’ve got acquired the Showcase of the Immortals, you’ve got acquired 20-something matches, you’ve got acquired a have a look at WrestleMania historical past. WrestleMania historical past is WWE historical past, is simply sports activities leisure and professional wrestling historical past, it shapes all of it. Every thing is simply formed by the large occasion in sports activities leisure we name WrestleMania, so to have the ability to play in that, to complete your story or change a narrative, no matter it could be, that is particular.”

For many who pre-order the WWE 2K24 commonplace version, they may obtain the Nightmare Household Pack, which incorporates a number of extras reminiscent of further playable characters in “Undashing” Cody Rhodes, Stardust, the 1976 model of Dusty Rhodes and “Famous person” Invoice Graham.

Additionally included is a MyFaction supervisor card of Cody’s beloved canine, Pharaoh, which is one thing close to and pricey to Cody’s coronary heart:

“Any time Pharaoh is introduced up or talked about or, on this case, immortalized by the staff at 2K, it is extra touching than folks understand. When my father handed away, Pharaoh within the strangest of the way embodied a variety of my dad. I had this connection between my dad and the canine, and he simply turned type of my watcher, my protector. Now he is my daughter Liberty’s protector.

“He is an previous man now, he is 12, he is a curmudgeon who simply desires to put round, however there is a deeper bond than I’ve ever had with any animal. And as he will get older and I’ve much less time with him, I am blown away. I used to be scared we might begin promoting these Pharaoh plushies on the stay occasions and no person would need him or no person would know who it’s, they usually promote out or practically promote out each single evening.”

Though being on the quilt of a WWE 2K online game is likely one of the greatest honors a WWE Famous person can earn, Rhodes nonetheless has his sights firmly set on ending his story.

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Rhodes is actually the co-favorite to win Saturday’s males’s Royal Rumble match together with Punk, and if he’s victorious, he’ll develop into solely the fourth individual in WWE historical past to win back-to-back Rumbles, becoming a member of Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin.

The significance of doubtless being a part of that elite firm is just not misplaced on Cody, particularly by way of what it will imply for his followers:

“I feel an enormous factor is it is validation for the followers that I’ve now. It was not at all times straightforward to be a Cody Rhodes fan, and whether or not you simply jumped onboard or whether or not you’ve got been there from the start by the completely different incarnations of myself, it will be validation, it will be vindication for them. They believed they usually had been proper. And to be the primary man to return to again since ‘Stone Chilly’ Steve Austin, essentially the most prolific sports activities entertainer of all time, essentially the most worthwhile prime draw ever within the trade, I would be very fortunate to listen to that, and hopefully being the odds-on favourite, hopefully the percentages are in my favor as we head towards the Royal Rumble.”

A second straight Royal Rumble win would nearly actually imply Rhodes vs. Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Common Championship in the principle occasion of WrestleMania for a second 12 months in a row, and Rhodes made it clear that’s in his plans:

“I am profitable the Royal Rumble, after which I feel we’re supposed to attend and say, ‘Hey, that is who I wish to problem,’ but when anybody’s been watching the story, then they know precisely who I wish to problem and after I wish to problem them, and proper the unsuitable that occurred at WrestleMania 39.

“So far as CM Punk, that is one of many issues that makes … the Royal Rumble itself so particular is CM Punk additionally feels very strongly and deeply and passionately that he’s gonna win the Royal Rumble. I do not know if previously there’s ever been this quantity of prime expertise: Jey Uso, Drew [McIntyre], Sami Zayn, this quantity of prime stars who’re vying for it and have a real alternative.”

Whereas Punk would possible problem Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 40 if he wins, the one factor presumably standing in between Cody and a rematch with The Tribal Chief is the presence of The Rock.

The Rock made a shock return to WWE earlier this month on Uncooked and talked about “The Head of the Desk,” which is one in all Reigns’ nicknames. That inevitably acquired folks speaking a few Reigns vs. Rock match at WrestleMania.

Rhodes does not envision The Rock reducing him in line and interrupting his story, although, as he famous:

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“You talked about ‘The Nice One’ The Rock, nothing however respect for him. I went and noticed ‘Jungle Cruise,’ I am a Rock fan. I do not assume he is the kind that may are available in and meddle with a narrative that is been being informed over the previous two years. I feel he is in all probability as much as one thing else, however you by no means know with WWE. I will be watching identical to all people else after I’m not wrestling.”

To Rhodes’ level, The Rock was named to the board of administrators Tuesday for TKO Group Holdings, which is the title of the corporate fashioned by the merger between WWE and UFC.

The Rock additionally appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday, and whereas he admitted {that a} match between himself and Reigns may occur at a WrestleMania, he known as himself a “long-gamer” and mentioned his need to have a correct construct towards a match.

That might imply The Rock has his sights set on Reigns for WrestleMania 41, and if that’s the case, it will go away Reigns open for Cody at WrestleMania 40 in April.

Ought to that occur, 2024 might be the 12 months of The American Nightmare, as he could have been on the quilt of WWE 2K24 and doubtlessly completed his story by beating Reigns for the undisputed WWE common title.

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