Cody Rhodes believes that a killer promo is often more memorable to wrestling fans than a great match.
Speaking on a recent edition of the “Dale Jr. Download” show, Rhodes addressed the differences between the impact of a promo compared to a match. He said,
“Here’s the best way to look at it. There are so many great wrestling matches. I love a wrestling match. I do go back and watch a full match. Most of the time, the memories, and moments that we are connected to aren’t in actual match.
“Dusty, for example, hard times – this promo he did. That’s typically what most people will bring up and talk about and get into. They’re not actually talking about the match that it references. I can get to ‘Oh, well here at the gathering, they did this. The finish was a small package out of the figure four.’ I remember, But there’s a good chunk of fans that connect to the promo.
“The reason is my dad used to teach promos at NXT which is the developmental system for WWE but he never called it promos. He called it communications class. I got what he meant years kind of into him doing it. His idea of communicating was connecting. That’s really what it was.
“You can do all…like today, there’s so many cool what we would call high spot – flips and crazy athleticism. But if they don’t care about you. It’s like watching fireworks, they did it, we’ve seen it. You know. He had the ability to make them care about him, or at least dislike his opponent. That’s the most important thing.”
Cody’s relationship with his father and his vow to ‘finish the story’ and fulfill a promise to his late father has often been referenced in promos from the American Nightmare.