10 Things You Didn't Know About AEW's Cody Rhodes

"In 2013, Rhodes (who admits to having no love for the IC title's previous appearance) revealed that he himself paid for the belt to be redesigned, while also adding that he ended up getting reimbursed for his considerable purchase..."

9. A Childhood Link

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Like many modern wrestlers, Cody is an avid video gamer, and in his days as Stardust, appeared on the internet series Up Up Down Down, where he played the Star Wars Battlefront Beta alongside Xavier Woods. He's even incorporated video game imagery and designs into his wrestling attire through the years, including wearing Metal Gear Solid-themed gear at ROH's Final Battle in 2018. Going back earlier in his career, Rhodes was apt to pay tribute to his favourite video game series.

Look closely at his ring boots at certain points, and you'll see the Triforce artefact from the Legend of Zelda games. He even has the Triforce symbol tattooed on his ring finger, and spoke excitedly in a June 2019 interview about the forthcoming releases of Link's Awakening and Breath of the Wild, which hopefully don't distract him from his day-to-day administrational work at AEW. He also claims to play Super Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on an annual basis, a pilgrimage of sorts to one of his childhood faves.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.