Alternate Cody Rhodes Plans, Booker T’s Last Rumble?
While we won't see it, there were some alternate Cody Rhodes plans. Plus, was this Booker T's last Royal Rumbe?
While WWE is locked in with their WrestleMania matches, they had some alternate Cody Rhodes plans. And was that Booker T’s last Royal Rumble?
Alternate Cody Rhodes Plans
The American Nightmare’s WrestleMania match is known, but get a load of these alternate Cody Rhodes plans.
Specifically, the company had alternate Cody Rhodes championship plans.
As in, the American Nightmare might have had a new title to defend come WrestleMania.
According to the Wrestling Observer, there was at one time a plan to have a brand new title created.
That title would have been created for Cody Rhodes.
Per the Observer report, WWE considered creating a new title and putting it on Rhodes.
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That would have been one solution to the company’s Reigns title predicament.
As we know, plans change.
And in this case, plans did indeed change. Rhodes won the 2023 Royal Rumble.
Instead of a new title, Cody will be taking on Roman Reigns for his collection of gold.
It is not the first time we’ve heard chatter about a new WWE title, but this report lends credence to them.
If we were talking about a single champion with a single belt, I could see creating a new title.
Not sure how the idea of a title created for Rhodes-or anyone else-would have gone over.
But, since we are on the Road to WrestleMania and we’ve not seen a new title materialize, it seems safe to say there won’t be a new belt created for anyone.
While new belts can be exciting, I think eventually splitting up the unified titles remains the best choice.
Booker T’s Last Rumble?
We last saw him as a surprise entrant, so was the 2023 event Booker T’s last Royal Rumble?
According to the two time WWE Hall of Famer…his brief appearance in the 2023 Royal Rumble was indeed likely his last WWE match.
The former champion and current NXT announcer said as much on a recent podcast.
If indeed the words hold true and this was Booker T’s last WWE Rumble and, perhaps last match as well, he went out happy.
Remember that Booker T was eliminated rapidly by GUNTHER. Fans felt Booker did a job to the eventual Rumble runner-up.
For his part, the WCW alum sounded off.
Booker T on Gunther: “I see people, like stupid people, saying, ‘Booker got jobbed out.’ Let me just say this. I want to say this publicly just so everybody can hear. I would rather be jobbed out by Gunther than Gunther be jobbed out by me any day of the week.”
— Wrestlelamia.co.uk (@wrestlelamia) February 1, 2023
Considering the effort Booker T has put out to help develop rising stars, the words probably won’t shock folks.
Some legends and Hall of Famers would have absolutely balked at such a fast elimination.
However, Booker T is not like most others.
While he-and many other Superstars-wished that they’d lasted longer in the match, his words were quite strong.
As a legend in WWE, Booker T indicated that he was happy to do the job, especially to put over a younger Superstar.
Seems fitting then that Booker may have put someone over in his last Rumble match.
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