Bryan Danielson Reveals He’s Rooting For Cody Rhodes At WWE WrestleMania 40

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Bryan Danielson has given his support to The American Nightmare.

Cody Rhodes is perhaps WWE’s biggest star today. No matter where the company goes, the 38-year-old receives unwavering fan support, and the majority of viewers are behind The American Nightmare as he attempts to right the wrong of last year and finally get his hands on the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania.

Now, it seems as if it’s not just the WWE Universe who are hoping to see Rhodes succeed, as, speaking with Sports Illustrated, Bryan Danielson had addressed Cody’s journey to the WrestleMania main event. First, The American Dragon emphasised how proud he is of the former AEW EVP, revealing that he text Rhodes prior to the WrestleMania 39 main event before being left angry at the finish.

“I am really proud of Cody. What he’s doing is really special. I texted Cody last year, just saying I was so proud of him and congratulations. Then the finish happened, and I was so mad.”

-Bryan Danielson

Some may be surprised to see AEW’s Danielson offer such open support to someone competing in the main event of WWE’s biggest show, but Bryan would go on to explain that most wrestlers just want other wrestlers to succeed regardless of their company.

“This is the beauty of professional wrestling. There may be animosity and tribalism amongst fans or people who run companies. But the wrestlers? We want what’s best for each other. From a wrestler’s perspective, I want my friends to do well. And they want me to do well, too. I want what’s best for Cody. It’s no different with him. Cody texted me after my hour-long match against Max [MJF] and told me how much he loved it. There are plenty of friends from WWE who’ve reached out and complimented different things I’ve done in AEW. I’ve done the same for friends in WWE. I want my friends to succeed. We like the fact there are two competing companies. That’s good for wrestlers, and the wrestlers want each other to succeed.”

-Bryan Danielson

Despite many pulling for Cody Rhodes this Sunday, fans will be waiting with bated breath to see whether The American Nightmare can overcome the odds and be crowned the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion one year after those in SoFi Stadium were left stunned at Reigns’ retention in 2023.

As always, we’ll aim to provide any further updates on Cody Rhodes’ support ahead of WrestleMania 40 as soon as we hear more.

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