Cody Rhodes Addresses Sami Zayn's Popularity With WWE Fans

Cody Rhodes never saw it as a negative challenge

Cody Rhodes has called Sami Zayn's growing popularity a 'great problem to have'. 

The American Nightmare will challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 39, but there are some who believe that Zayn should be involved in the equation, due to how over he has become thanks to his long-term storyline with The Bloodline. 

Addressing Sami's popularity during a recent appearance on Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Cody said: 

"I looked at it as a challenge, is probably the best way to look at it and not a negative challenge. A challenge of Sami is doing amazing things. You didn’t just buy yourself some future spot, you’ve got to get back in there and show people exactly what you can doWhat a great problem to have when you have two very strong characters. One of the worst things we can do as a community is try and turn the characters against one another".

Rhodes stressed that he and Zayn have a strong relationship and that he's confident in the direction both of their characters are going, saying: 

"Sami and I have a real genuine relationship. I never looked at it in a sense that I thought anything of, well, if they love him and I've been so lucky that they love me in this moment to I better make sure I give them the absolute best, and again, leave no doubt. Never once looked at it as a problem.

"I looked at it as a challenge and for WWE as a whole, a great problem to have. Brooklyn and every show is a little more telling, but Brooklyn in the Barclays Center, that filled me with confidence as far as their belief in what he’s doing and their belief in what I'm doing. There are stories to be finished here for both sides, and the worst thing you can do is turn those against each other"

Though they are on the same page currently, Cody would relish the opportunity to wrestle Sami down the line (should it happen), adding: 

"[I thought], I would love to wrestle this guy because Sami wasn't sweating me when I was Stardust, and rightfully so. He didn't need to. He was coming up from in NXT and on a roll. It's a different person now. So very much, it's a match that I look forward to when and if it ever happens. With somebody like a Sami Zayn, he's a next level performer and he's even more of an elite next level human being".

H/T WrestleZone

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