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Matt Cardona Talks About Cody Rhodes’ ‘Iconic’ WWE Match

Cody Rhodes has earned a lot of respect from fans and pro wrestlers alike over the years, but former WWE coworker Matt Cardona recently stated that there’s one “iconic” match that cemented The American Nightmare’s legacy. Cardona, a.k.a. Zack Ryder, opened up about his friend Rhodes’ torn pectoral injury this year on Tuesday’s episode of the “Insight with Chris Van Vliet” podcast, and how attempting to push through an injury to do his match with Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell this past Summer was a feat for all time.  

“He had to do that match,” Cardona said, implying that Rhodes couldn’t turn down the chance. “Was it the best thing for his health? Maybe not, but it was a memorable moment. And it demonstrated his guts and passion for pro wrestling. If he didn’t already have a lot of people’s respect, I believe he earned it.” Rhodes entered the June match against Rollins already injured, and he shocked fans when he revealed massive amounts of blood pooling up inside his arm after taking his jacket off during his entrance.

Corey Graves, a WWE announcer, described the discoloration around Rhodes’ torn pec as “the most gruesome injury I’ve seen from an active competitor” during the match, which lasted nearly 25 minutes and ended with Rhodes pinning Rollins for the victory. Cardona stated that Rhodes showed him photos of the injury as the bruising began to form. “It just kept getting worse and worse,” he said. Cardona responded to Van Vliet’s question about how Rhodes pulled off the match by saying: “That’s an excellent question. “I’m not sure if he’s ever said it publicly, so I’m not going to spill the beans.”

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Bryan Clark, better known as Adam Bomb in WWE & Wrath in WCW, is a big fan of Cody Rhodes. Rhodes is currently sidelined following the surgery for a torn pec tissue. When Rhodes returned to WWE in April for WrestleMania 38, he was regarded as a top star. Clark thinks Rhodes is on the verge of winning a WWE world title. Clark described the injury as “pretty tough,” “especially when I saw him work through [Hell in a Cell] with an entire pec, left side of his body, blood-filled on the inside.”

Yes, I see him as a champion, and I can see him doing it. I was there when he got the pop at WrestleMania. That weekend, I was already in Dallas for a signing. So, I’ll be in Los Angeles this year for SoFi, but I think he has the talent. Clark believes Rhodes’ significant rise in popularity is due in part to his experience working behind the scenes in AEW.

Sheena Bhandari is a Pro Wrestling Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News.