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"Dashing" Cody Rhodes ready for his Mania moment
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


"Dashing" Cody Rhodes

"Dashing" Cody Rhodes listens to plenty of advice from his old man -- "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.

He just doesn't happen to agree with all of it.

"I was talking to my dad (Wednesday night) and he had some advice about the Super Bowl, Wrestlemania and other major sporting events ... he said they were just another game," said the 25-year-old WWE superstar. "I don't agree with that. It's not just another game. If someone is whispering in your ear that this is the biggest event in sports entertainment history, you move faster, you jump higher. You're trying to give fans something they'll remember forever."

And as he prepares to step into the ring against Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania on April 3, Rhodes is excited.

"I'm not one for false promises, exaggeration or hyperbole. In sports entertainment, you hear a lot of those. But I really believe this match has potential to steal the show. We're stacked up against some beautiful matches and this is my hometown so that would be an added bonus.

"It's our best superstars. I wouldn't feel comfortable without having a quality story. I used to think I should be on Mania, but looking back, no, I shouldn't have been. I wasn't ready."

Rhodes says his fondest Wrestlemania moment happened years ago.

"I was sitting on a couch watching 'Macho Man' Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior. Miss Elizabeth came out in a really bad sequined black and white outfit with stars, wearing massive high heels, and threw Sherri out of the ring. It was a very emotionally charged moment."

His father has been in those big moments, main-eventing big cards across the world, but Cody admits he often looks elsewhere for guidance.

"With no disrespect to him, I speak to him on a regular basis, but I've always tried to get my inspiration from other sources," he said. "I'm not helping anybody by being Dusty Rhodes Jr. That would just be reminding people what they saw years ago.

"One of my biggest influences was Shawn Michaels. How does (my dad) take it? He's doesn't take it good-naturedly. He has an ego the size of the state he came from. He feels he should be listened to.

"A funny story: The night my dad went into the Hall of Fame, he was the last one to speak, and one of the production people said the show was short, then told my dad: 'Dusty, you can talk as long as you want.' My brother said, 'Why are you up last? Who did you ever beat?' My dad turned and said:

"'Everybody out on that stage, boy!'

"When he has that WWE marquee, he turns it on."

No question the younger Rhodes has the charisma and in-ring ability needed to push toward the top.

"I was an awesome amateur wrestler, no pun intended for The Miz. I would do stand-up drills in the shower every morning. I did the stadiums, waking up at 5 in the morning. I was on a low-cal diet before I was 18.

"One of my least favourite things that's accepted on the internet is the level of technical wrestling ability of some. I would tie Daniel Bryan up in knots in 15 minutes."

So how did the nickname Dashing get attached to the former Legacy stablemate of Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase Jr.?

"It's always been a running gag," said Rhodes. "My dad always tells people how good looking I am, with the movie-star looks ... that kind of garbage. So (my character) does a lot of things men do every day, (grooming things). I'm fully on board with all of them, and he'd hate to hear this, but a lot of them really come from Randy Orton."

What's wrong with Hardy?

Jeff Hardy was not in good shape for his match with Sting at TNA's Victory Road. I won't speculate what the problem is or was, but he didn't appear at the Impact tapings.

NWA title defended in Ottawa

Some 29 years ago, July 27, 1982, Ric Flair defeated Ricky Steamboat by DQ, with the NWA world championship on the line in Ottawa. And finally, FINALLY, the NWA world title, which has certainly lost much of its polish, but is still THE NWA belt, will be defended in Ottawa again. New NWA champion Colt Cabana will defend his strap against Sebastian Suave March 26, in C*4 Capital City Championship Combat's Level Up 2011 card. The show, which starts at 8, will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 McArthur Rd.

Also on the card: C*4 champ "Player Dos" Stupefied vs. "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen; "Psycho" Mike Rollins vs. "Ronin" Josh Alexander in a No Escape chain match; "Textbook" Tyson Dux vs. "Canadian Crazyhorse" Michael Elgin; C*4 tag champs The N.B.A ("MVP" Michael Von Payton and "The Prince of Persia" Rahim Ali) vs. The Wolfmun (Twiggy and Beef Wellington); 6-Man Wildcard Elimination Showdown with winner becoming No. 1 contender (Dan Paysan vs. Jae Rukin vs. Sexxxy Eddy vs. Mathieu St. Jacques vs. Player Uno vs. "Hacker" Scotty O'Shea); and "Speedball" Mike Bailey vs. El Generico.

RELATED LINKS

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    Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.