Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey appeared as a guest on today’s edition of WWE’s “The Bump” to discuss watching WWE programming with his son.
McConaughey revealed that he did not expect Cody Rhodes to bounce back from the beating he took from Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2023. He said,
“My son and I were just watching the other day. We caught the Cody Rhodes, Brock Lesnar [match], we caught the Roman Reigns family saga that he’s got going. I did not think Rhodes was gonna come back after the beating he took [from Brock].”
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins also spoke about his chronic back injury on WWE’s “The Bump.”
You can check out some highlights from Rollins below:
On dealing with his back injury as champion: “It is what it is. All of us have something. We’ve all got some sort of nagging injury, we’ve all got something that’s pulling at us, telling us we need to slow down. That’s just part of the game. I know that. Everybody knows that. Now, my injury might be a little more serious than some people. But I know how to manage it. I told Shinsuke, I told the world. I won the World Heavyweight Championship with a broken back. I’ve been defending the World Heavyweight Championship with a broken back. So even though Shinsuke’s the first guy to really target that injury, I feel like I know what it takes to manage it. I’ll be just fine, I promise you. I promise everybody out there who’s concerned. I’m gonna be fine. I promise you guys, I will be fine. The championship is in good hands.”
On if he considers fighting through the injury a badge of honor: “That’s a tricky question. In some sense, yes. Obviously there’s some pride in being able to work through pain and work through suffering. But at the end of the day, I know the risks. I know what can happen if something goes wrong, so it’s 50/50. I love being someone that can push through boundaries, that can push limits and all that stuff. But at the same time, I don’t want to risk my future. I don’t want to put myself in a position where it’s going to be difficult for me to have a life with my family in my future. I don’t want to end up in a wheelchair when I’m 50 years old. So I’ve got to tow that line. I’ve got to be very careful with how I handle this and how I mitigate whatever’s going on back there to make sure I can still give the audience what they deserve, give the championship what it deserves, and make sure that I’m gonna be okay for the future.”