Cody Rhodes does not work in WWE anymore, but it is possible he will be watching this year’s Royal Rumble event. The Undertaker might be in Houston, though it might not have anything to do with the event.
Cody Rhodes spoke to Inside The Ropes, where he talked about his interaction with The Undertaker during the 2008 Royal Rumble match. It was Cody’s first Rumble match and he hit him with a stiff shot, after which it looked like The Undertaker was going to Chokeslam him. However, The Undertaker made him look good instead.
“I’m in my first Royal Rumble in Madison Square Garden and CM Punk comes up to me and says, ‘I’m out before you’ — I think I was 12 and he was 11 — ‘Is there anything when you get in that you want to do? You’ve got to talk to somebody. That’s your time. That’s your moment to stand out.’ I was this plucky, underdog good guy. New York was likely going to be indifferent or just boo me. The music hits, it’s the short Garden entrance, I run, get in there and everything is going actually okay. They didn’t boo me, they didn’t really give a shit either, but they didn’t really boo me. So we do this spot and I almost dump Punk over and 2.7 seconds have gone by. It was that quick.”
“I feel the camera on me and I can see myself on the screen. I see Undertaker in the corner. I thought….fuck it. I’m gonna do it. I go over and I hit this man as hard as I’ve hit anyone in the back of the head. I felt him stop. [He does the slow head turn]. I’m the bad guy now. I’m [backing away]. All of a sudden he goozles me. I think I’m going up. He says, ‘kick me in the knee.’ I kick him in the knee, he lets his hand go. And he goes, ‘dropkick me.’ I jump up, dropkick him, HE TAKES A BUMP! You can see…I didn’t know what to do. The goal is to get the guy out of the match, but I’m not gonna pick him up.”
“So I just go over to the corner and start fake punching somebody. But man, after that, Taker was God to me. Everything about this guy is about giving back. He absolutely did not need to do that. Plus, I stiffed the hell out of him. I love The Undertaker.”
Perhaps there will be more interactions such as this for The Undertaker in the future. He is a WWE legend and his legacy will be remembered forever.
h/t to Fightful for the transcription.