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Cody Rhodes says WWE Raw promo was ‘from the heart, not scripted’

Rhodes opened up Raw this week with a story about his father, Dusty Rhodes, and wanting to win the WWE Championship.

Cody Rhodes has commented on his promo from the Raw after WrestleMania.

The American Nightmare opened up Monday's show with a story about his father, Dusty Rhodes, and wanting to win the WWE Championship. Appearing on WWE's The Bump on Wednesday, Cody spoke about what the promo meant to him. 

“I was just able to go out and speak in an unscripted, raw fashion and tell a story about my dad that not everybody knows,” Rhodes said.

“I actually have the title I spoke about but not everybody knows that story. That was my original impetus and whole origin story on wanting to be a wrestler. So, to be able to tell the world that was very special.”

Later in the show, Rhodes elaborated further about the promo.

“I have the physical WWWF championship in the photo. I had posted about that but I’ve only told the story to a few fans and a few friends, a very limited number of people. I, as a professional, wanted to present it in the most digestible way."

He continued to describe the promo as, “incredibly real, from the heart, not scripted.”

“I think it’s probably a good precedent to set for me when it comes to being here now and being on this team,” he continued.

“I know what I’m doing with a microphone and I don’t need to be told. That was a case of I’m just going to tell you a real story, anyways. I was glad to tell it because my dream shifted a great deal in the industry as things changed for me. How often do you get another opportunity?”

Rhodes also spoke about what led to him leaving AEW and signing with WWE. 

“I loved what I had been doing, so proud of it. I know people aren’t living under a rock, I had come from another company that I loved everything about. But I needed to move forward," he said. 

He continued to say that he expected a more mixed reaction from fans to his return at WrestleMania. 

“I was expecting a more polarizing reaction because the last bit of wrestling I had done I was a bit more of a ‘Let’s go Cody, Cody sucks’ type, which I love. But also, I’m an outsider. I broke the throne, I helped create an alternative promotion, I caused an incredible amount of disturbance in this world and it wasn’t a negative return, it was positive.”

“It felt like a triumphant return and it felt really vindicating to show up as me,” he continued.

“I was expecting some detractors to it all and I would have loved that just as much but it didn’t seem like we got any of that.”