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Cody Rhodes on McMahons: “I still remain grateful for what they did for my dad”

Cody Rhodes has sent a few shots the way of WWE, and a pretty direct message to Triple H. At AEW’s Double or Nothing event, he shattered a throne with a sledgehammer before making his way to the ring.

Some assumed that it had to do with his final years with the company, and possibly, Dusty Rhodes’ first run with them. However, Cody revealed that when it came to his father, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, he knows just how important they were to the Hall of Famer later on in life, and is thankful for that relationship. In an appearance on Peter Rosenberg’s Cheap Heat podcast, he said:

As his son, I know that in 2005 when he got his first royalty check for the Dusty Rhodes DVD, which they did a marvelous job on, my mother literally hit her knees in the kitchen and thanked God for them having brought him back into financial security.

For them having given him a home in the winter of his life in a functional thing to chew on with NXT and maybe help and guide a few young stars. So with that in mind, and what they did for him at the end, I’ll never be ungrateful.

Rhodes went on to state that, though he has his own thoughts about his career, how they treated Dusty outweighs that. And if he ever needs to repay that debt, he will.

I’ll never forget that. Hunter and Vince and Stephanie McMahon were very good to my father when he needed it, and as his son that’s something that if they ever asked me to, ya know, to repay that debt, I’ll go repay it.

I know the narrative is the McMahons hate the Rhodes and maybe there’s some truth to that. But I still remain very grateful for what they did for my dad. What they did for me, different story. What they did for him, very grateful.

You can check out the full interview right here.


  • Keith Learmonth

    He absolutely publicly trashed her, for the record, and it wasn’t because of some legit heat between them, it was an attempt to put over Kylie Rae by burying WWE’s version of her.

    I still suspect it’s why Kylie left AEW. She didn’t like having other women torn down to try to build her up.

  • Rinn13

    To be fair, just because his dad liked her, doesn’t mean he isn’t allowed to dislike her. If something went down between them, or she rubbed him the wrong way, while maybe he shouldn’t have publicly trashed her (if he did), he is allowed to feel a certain way about someone.

  • Keith Learmonth

    This is one of the things that bothered me most about that time Cody decided to rip on Bayley. She was literally one of Dusty’s favourites, and was a Dusty project… Never understood why Cody would disrespect his own dad like that… so I’m glad to see he’s not doing that here.