WWE Legend Dies Suddenly Before SmackDown

Randy Savage’s brother and WWE legend Lanny Poffo died today, Jim Duggan has announced.



The 2023 Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes recently made his return from an injury. He revealed that Vince McMahon spoke with him before his famous Hell in a Cell match with Seth Rollins, and told him he was ready “to call it” if the injured wrestler wasn’t able to push through.

Rhodes tore his pec during his training session in the gym. He wrestled Rollins last summer at Hell in a Cell with the extremely visible injury on full display. Rhodes’ performance in the match is widely regarded as one of the most impressive in recent memory,

Cody Rhodes opens up on the conversation with Vince McMahon

Cody Rhodes discussed the conversation with McMahon on Logan Paul’s “Impaulsive” podcast:

“I wasn’t going to have it any other way,” he said. “I had to have the match at least.” Rhodes said he passed WWE’s medical exam because “it was simple, it was completely torn, there was nothing else that could happen to it.” But still, WWE and its longtime chairman had reservations about Rhodes going out there. “[Vince] knew I wasn’t going to take ‘no,’ ” Rhodes said. “I had a great conversation with him and he was really clear about, ‘Hey man, if you’re struggling out there, we’ve got to call it,'” Rhodes recalled.

Rhodes said referee Rod Zapata spoke to him “the whole time” to make sure he was okay to continue. “I was just on Planet Z,” he said. “I was in shock,” Rhodes remembered. “You know shock puke where you feel like you’re going to vomit? Like, when you break a bone or whatever? I hit something up front and thought, nope, and I sat right up. And it looked like I sat up for the camera shot, but I sat right up because I thought, ‘Here it comes.’ “

Cody Rhodes recently won the Men’s Royal Rumble match. He made his return from injury and entered the match at #30 and eventually won the contest by last eliminating Gunther. He is set to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 39.

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