Georgia Native Cody Rhodes Wins WWE Championship at WrestleMania

April 7, 2024
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Georgia Native Cody Rhodes Wins WWE Championship at WrestleMania
LOS ANGELES, CA. February 09, 2023: Cody Rhodes at the premiere for "Star Trek Picard" at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood. Picture: Paul Smith-Featureflash

At WrestleMania 40, Cody Rhodes achieved a monumental victory by claiming the WWE Championship from Roman Reigns, a triumph that not only heralds a new era in his wrestling career but also brings a sense of pride to his hometown of Marietta.

This win is especially significant considering Rhodes’ wrestling lineage and the journey he has undertaken to reach this pinnacle.

Early Beginnings

Rhodes’ ascent to the top of the wrestling world began in Marietta, where he first embraced the sport that made his father Dusty Rhodes a legend and a household name. His early foray into amateur wrestling in high school laid the groundwork for what would become a decorated professional career.

Rhodes’ tenure in WWE saw him adopting various personas, from “Dashing” Cody Rhodes to the enigmatic Stardust, showcasing his versatility and commitment to his craft. Despite his success, Rhodes sought greater control over his career, leading to his departure from WWE and subsequent co-founding of All Elite Wrestling, where he continued to define his legacy outside the WWE.

Finishing The Story

Rhodes’ return to WWE was marked by anticipation and speculation. Upon his return to the WWE two years ago, Rhodes showed a picture of his father briefly winning the WWE World Title, which was later stripped from him. Rhodes said he had to “finish the story,” and bring the title home to his family.

After failing to capture the gold last year, fans wondered if Rhodes would get his chance for redemption at WrestleMania 40.

Winning the Royal Rumble earlier this year set the stage for his championship match at WrestleMania, a moment that was years in the making.

Cody won the title, ending Reins’ nearly four year reign with the title in a match that included guest spots from both John Cena and The Undertaker, finishing the story with a who’s who of past and present WWE stars.

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