The anticipation levels have been steadily growing from the moment WWE announced their first Premium Live Event in three decades on UK soil. But last week saw that anticipation turn into something tangible, as tickets finally went on sale to the WWE Universe.
With interest in the event breaking company records, a raucous atmosphere is all but guaranteed as the British and European contingent of the WWE Universe quickly grabbed their opportunity to attend with both hands.
And it isn’t just fans that are excited ahead of the event. Superstars themselves have been very public with their desire to be part of the big day. The Scottish Warrior, Drew McIntyre, has been a long term advocate for Britain to host one of WWE’s Premium Live Events.
Now another huge Superstar has thrown their name behind Clash At The Castle, as one of the most talked about wrestlers in the world, Cody Rhodes, told the world’s media how excited he is to potentially be in Cardiff in just a few short months…
WWE Clash at the Castle is coming up in Cardiff, Wales on September 3. Are you excited about WWE’s first UK stadium show in more than 30 years?
Cody Rhodes: As one of the biggest fans ever of SummerSlam 1992, I am shocked it’s taken this long. Clearly by the sign-up interest and the presale interest and everything that’s happening, this aims to be the biggest stadium show in the world. It truly does. It’s one of those things as a member of the roster, I’ve got to find my way onto it. I’ve got to find my way into a premium spot because I have watched SummerSlam ‘92 so many times I can do the commentary almost verbatim. It’s our time now. It has been 30 years. It’s our time. It’s time for us to make our moment.
As one of the faces of the company, are you looking forward to touring the world with WWE and what are some of the places you are hoping to visit?
Cody Rhodes: I’m very much looking forward to touring the world, not just because I have the opportunity to be a face of the WWE brand at the moment, but because we were closed off from one another for too long. I’m a global sports entertainer. I like to go everywhere. I did that when I was with WWE and outside the company, and then the pandemic happened, lockdown happened, so I am looking forward to going everywhere that this show goes. That’s what you’re supposed to do. You follow your show and WWE is seen in every country and in every language and I want to be able to connect with those folks.
Have you rewatched your return at WrestleMania 38 yet? How does it feel to think back to that moment after you’ve now had some time to process it?
Cody Rhodes: I have watched it back. I really never intended to watch it back though because of how good, no, how great it felt in the moment. Because WWE revisited it and showed it in packages, and it was all over RAW the day after, and it’s kind of connected to this return in such a large way, I’ve watched it all back in its totality and it is fun knowing where I was mentally coming down the ramp. Knowing the exact moment I decided to be the American Nightmare. That might sound peculiar, but I didn’t really realise what I was about to do and how I was about to do it until that first pyro blast went off behind me. In that moment I knew we were on another level.
The WWE Championship is the one that got away from your father Dusty. How important is it for you to fulfil that legacy and become WWE Champion?
Cody Rhodes: I don’t want to say that it’s the most important thing in my life because I don’t want to put so much pressure on myself. If you know me and, fortunately and unfortunately, I have been so open and grown up in front of the audience that they do really know me, I think they know that it is the most important thing. That all the pressure in the world is on me to do it. It is the one that got away. No Rhodes got their hands on it. I have said it, made it clear, and if it goes unobtained that’s one thing but I just couldn’t let it go unsaid. With that in mind I have a habit of very much putting things out in the universe when it comes to sports entertainment and making sure they happen. I am a big, big proponent of sticking to your word. I would love to give my word to the WWE Universe that not only do I want it, but I am going to get it. Only time will tell.
WWE Clash at the Castle emanates from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, marking WWE’s first major stadium event to be held in the United Kingdom in 30 years. Tickets are on sale now and you can be part of this history-making event by purchasing your tickets at Ticketmaster.