WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes on His Killer Mustache, Ribbing Damien Sandow, and Which Legendary Tag Team He'd Love to Battle
I would so argue with you that it wasn't Kofi Kingston because who lasted over 45 minutes eliminated six WWE super stars and two of them old timers. You remember who that was? It was me. It wasn't Kofi and his stupid, stupid handstand. Kofi is always a guy who finds something like that to stand out.
I think for me, I'm very worried about the Royal Rumble. I did last over 45 minutes and I thought I really put myself in a great area to shine. I want to do that again. I love the Royal Rumble. My first year in the Royal Rumble was in Madison Square Garden and one of the happiest things, best things I ever did was exploit in the ring and beat up CM Punk for just a second, he'd been in there for just a little while and I had nothing else to do so I went over and I hit Undertaker in the back and the next series of things that happened were one of the very early highlights of my career so the Rumble to me can really make, break, define guys eyes in the people and in our superiors so I'm trying to think of how to do it again.
Is the Rumble itself booked down to the individual move?
Honestly, I wish people could be flies on the wall when it comes to the Rumble match itself. You cannot plan a match like that with 30 superstars because here's what your forgetting: 30 egos make for compelling television. I really can't answer that, but no, it's not something that is booked down to the last move.
Do superstars freedom to actually improvise?
A Rumble is improvisation. The Rumble is improv.
You feel like a musician out there, riffing solo or collaborating to make a great match?
No, I really don't know how to describe the Rumble. I know that it's one of my favorite matches. I know that it can end a career and it can make a career. I treat a lot of what I do in a solo situation like it is music and maybe that's the best way to look at it. Here's all these great musicians and what can they provide.
Every year, the Royal Rumble feature surprise entrants. Who would you love to see make a return?
Back in the day, surprises were kind of like offhand, goofy surprises. If one guy could be a surprise entrant in the Rumble and I could be the one to throw him out, I'd say it would be Triple H. I don't think there's anything more exciting than throwing your boss out. I know he's moving away from the in the ring stuff and he's had a Hall of Fame career but I had a shot at him when I was 21/22 and Ted Dibiase and myself were unsuccessful, I'd take another shot.
What would your reaction be if you heard your father's theme song and saw the "Son of a Plumber Man" coming down the aisle?
I would try to meet him the aisle because I don't know if he would survive because going over the top rope so I would certainly try to meet him in the aisle and say, "Maybe this isn't the best situation for you." Now if it was my brother I would just wait for him to get in the ring and kick him right in the teeth and that's a different story, but my old man, I don't think he could handle the Rumble.
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, at the arena. Admission starts at $25.
WWE's Royal Rumble Fan Fest takes place at noon on Saturday, January 26, ouside US Airways Center. Admission starts at $10, VIP all-access is $250, and the discussion panels are $90 each. See Ticketmaster for more info.