On a recent edition of his “Tuesday with The Taskmaster” podcast, former WCW booker Kevin Sullivan discussed Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39.
Much to the surprise of fans, Rhodes failed to win the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship from Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 39 (Night Two).
According to Sullivan, Rhodes would’ve suffered a backlash had he dethroned Reigns, and it was better for Cody to take the “L” at WrestleMania 39.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On how winning at WrestleMania would’ve hurt Cody Rhodes: “If Cody had won after Sami [Zayn] had lost [at Elimination Chamber], I think it would have hurt him. I think if Cody had won, he would have got a backlash [with] people saying, ‘Oh, he just comes in and wins the belt while these guys [Zayn and others] have been here for years busting their ass?’ He needs to win the belt, but he needs to do what his father did — his father put the heels over first, dumped all the heat and all the adversity [before his coronation].”
On WWE’s booking of Cody: “I think they’re doing it perfectly, and now, if they go to WrestleMania 40, it’s time [for Rhodes to win]. You can’t give the people what they want all the time, you’ve gotta make them salivate for it.”
In a recent episode of his podcast “Tuesday with The Taskmaster,” former WCW booker Kevin Sullivan shared his thoughts on the highly anticipated match between Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39. To the surprise of many fans, Rhodes failed to capture the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship from Reigns in the main event of Night Two.
Sullivan believes that Rhodes would have faced backlash if he had defeated Reigns at WrestleMania. He argues that if Rhodes had won immediately after Sami Zayn’s loss at Elimination Chamber, it would have hurt his reputation. People might have criticized him for swooping in and winning the title while other wrestlers like Zayn had been working hard for years. Sullivan suggests that Rhodes should follow in his father’s footsteps and build up the adversity and heat before eventually winning the championship.
When discussing WWE’s booking of Cody, Sullivan expresses his approval, stating that they are handling it perfectly. He believes that if Rhodes were to win at WrestleMania 40, it would be the right time. Sullivan emphasizes the importance of not always giving the audience what they want, but instead making them eagerly anticipate and “salivate” for it.
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It is clear that Sullivan has a strategic perspective on Rhodes’ journey to becoming a champion. By allowing him to face challenges and overcome obstacles, Rhodes will earn the respect and support of the fans. This approach ensures that his eventual victory will be even more satisfying and meaningful.
The wrestling industry is known for its storytelling and character development, and this analysis by Kevin Sullivan sheds light on the careful planning and consideration that goes into booking matches and storylines. Fans can now look forward to seeing how Cody Rhodes’ journey unfolds leading up to WrestleMania 40 and whether he will finally achieve his championship dreams.