Cody Rhodes Discusses How His Protective Mask Saved His Life, Why He Went So Long Without Kneepads, The Best Advice He’s Received, More

Cody Rhodes recently did an interview with Brian Soscha on MixPhiladelphia and discussed his time with Hardcore Holly, why he went without kneepads for so long, bringing back the classic Intercontinental Championship, and more. In the following excerpt, Rhodes discusses his protective facemask and how it may have saved his life while taking a move from Randy Orton:

“Honestly, I learned the commitment from masked Cody Rhodes. The level of commitment I had to that was probably where I learned more about myself than anywhere else in my career. I felt more like myself under that mask. I was telling someone else this the other day. When the mask was removed, I felt like Master Chief. I felt like something was wrong with my face. This was real. My face was all un-tanned because I’d been wearing the mask so long. It was such an edge to me to have that mask and it saved my life, actually, to have that mask.

“The very last night I had it, Randy Orton kicked me so hard in what was supposed to be an unbreakable, Dr. Murray designed – the same doctor that made Kobe (Bryant) and Rip Hamilton’s mask – it was supposed to be unbreakable but it had a huge beak on it because it was for a broken nose. He cracked it straight down the middle. Had I not been wearing that mask, I might be dead. I mean it – he kicked me so hard and that was the last night I had it.”

The interview is embedded below:

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  • Daniel Lim'ass

    Wow. Orton worked stiff with his colleague. Reminds me of something happened 2 years ago *cough* Kennedy *cough*

    • Brandon

      Kennedy is ridiculously overrated and received a push that he never earned because he was somewhat entertaining. He was an Ohio Valley Wrestling big fish in their small pond.

      • Abe

        both of you have great points, orton is a pansy and kennedy sucks

      • Alex Young

        And your point actually? Because his point is about the stiff work by Orton and he's getting away with it while Kennedy got fired right away after Orton brought this "stiff" thing to the backstage. The very double standard WWE.

    • Guy Landau

      Rhodes sells the mask gimmick old school style. Orton didn't really crack the mask, nor did Rhodes really break his nose. However, he kayfabes his character development with the mask all the way. I wouldn't read too much into what he says in interviews as far as getting backstage scoops goes.

  • the rhino

    Cody rhodes should we world champion right now instead once again ic champ

    • Hunter

      I agree, but not right now. He definitely has all the skills and qualities to be a great champ in the future

    • Logan_Walker

      he is better with the IC gives it meaning

  • kok

    Cody rhodes has a lot of talent and one day will be world champ

  • Andres

    Really… Come people Kennedy has talent its not his fault that WWE would use him the right way…. I mean if you couldn’t be yourself in the ring then why even try right ….