When Cody Rhodes made his entrance for his match against his brother, Dustin, at Double or Nothing last night (Sat., May 25, 2019) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, he took what looked like an obvious shot at Triple H. His wife handed him a sledgehammer and he used it to smash an iron cross throne.
When asked about it during a media scrum after the show, Cody said it wasn’t necessarily a shot at Triple H:
”Okay, so, I had a literal dream about this type of entrance. I loved when Triple H came out at WrestleMania 30 and he was kind of like Shao Kahn and it was really cool. The throne kind of symbolized his reign, and, man, I want to play ball. I know we don’t say ‘competition’ but it stands for itself. I also want people to know this role, this Executive Vice President role, which I love and I’m excited about, I want to be a wrestler first. And that’s great, we were able to do that tonight. Tony Khan sat in Gorilla and timed the show. That takes years how to learn. Gerald Brisco, he was like the only guy who could do it for a long time. Tony did it tonight on his first try. So they don’t always need us there in those executive roles. We were able to go out there and be wrestlers. And that, more than anything... not so much a shot at Triple H, more a shot at I’m not ready to dive into that role and lean into it. I want to be a wrestler first and foremost. I’m not done. I know that people think Kenny (Omega) is the best, and I know that people think Chris (Jericho) is the best, and now Jon Moxley is the best -- I’m always going to be wondering ‘what can I do? What’s the step?’
That makes sense, sure, but he also knows and is clearly okay with fans taking it as a direct shot and giving them the modern wrestling war so many seem to be craving. And, hey, if he can get in that kind of symbolism that means something to him and works for the fans, everyone wins.