WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes on His Killer Mustache, Ribbing Damien Sandow, and Which Legendary Tag Team He'd Love to Battle
When second-generation WWE superstar Cody Rhodes came back from injury late last year, he shocked the world upon his return. He didn't sport a new attitude or unleash a heinous attack on an unsuspecting foe, mind you, but offered a new addition to his look: A killer mustache.
Images courtesy of WWE Cody Rhodes (sans mustache) executes a dropkick against Kofi Kingston in a WWE ring.
The 27-year-old son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes has gotten plenty of grief over his new cookie duster (from both his fellow superstars and the WWE Universe), but he's taking it all in stride. Especially since it's getting him a whole lot of attention, period, which is what any wrestler craves. Rhodes' 'stache isn't the only thing that WWE's fans are focusing on these days, as he and his tag partner Damien Sandow have been racking up victories lately and will challenge for the WWE's tag team titles this Sunday during the Royal Rumble at US Airways Center.
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Jackalope Ranch had an opportunity to speak with Rhodes via telephone and learned a few things about how he ribbed [a.k.a. pulled practical jokes] on Sandow, his feelings on the tag team situation in the WWE, why Kofi Kingston's attention-grabbing handstand at last year's Royal Rumble wasn't all that great, and other topics. Rhodes was definitely in a mood to shoot during our conversation, which you can see for yourself below.
So how's your mustache doing?
It's growing. The first few weeks of having it were pretty tacky and it really wasn't there as much as it might have appeared on TV. But now it's actually [there]. It's weird because I never seen any of the men in my family with facial hair, so I guess from my mom's side it's pretty thick.
Did Dusty or Dustin never rocked a mustache during their careers?
Dustin does that little Val Kilmer kind of thing, the scraggly hair-type thing on the face [a soul patch] and so does my dad occasionally. They've never grown things in a full flush manner. I don't think I've ever seen my dad with a lot of facial hair.
There's no thought of shaving it despite any the negative feedback?
I cannot shave it, because now it's to the point of...I came back after 25 days from two very serious injuries. I had the foolish thought in my mind that I thought the crowd was going to maybe even react to me in a positive manner from this Rocky-like montage I had put together to get back, but instead they chanted "Cody's mustache." So at this point I just am angry enough at everybody enough to continue to keep it.
Just to spite them?
Just to spite them. And honestly if they're chanting...I saw two mockups for a t-shirt yesterday, at least I get the money from that t-shirt.