Despite suffering a torn pectoral, Cody Rhodes still competed in the main event of WWE Hell in a Cell…and showcased his battle scars while doing so
WWE superstars are tough, that much is true. But Cody Rhodes took it to another level on June 5, the night he and Seth Rollins battled in the headline contest of WWE’s Hell in a Cell event — in the titular match type — in Chicago, IL.
Earlier in the day, reports surfaced that Rhodes was forced out of action from the previous night’s house show in Champaign, IL, as a result of a torn pectoral tendon.
Despite fears of potential ramifications to the Hell in a Cell card — a seven-match card of which Rhodes vs. Rollins is the only Hell in a Cell bout — WWE announced that Rhodes would go on with competing.
And right before the match’s start, Rhodes revealed the extent of the damage in the ring. It was quite an ugly, and concerning, sight to see, appearing as if the tendon had truly been torn off the bone completely.
The wrestling community reacts to the gruesome bruise on Cody Rhodes, who tore his pec prior to wrestling Seth Rollins at WWE Hell in A Cell
Wrestling Observer Radio reports that Rhodes suffered the injury while weight training.
WWE’s report on the manner is that the tendon was partially torn during a brawl between Rhodes and Rollins on the go-home edition of Raw. WWE claimed Rhodes then completely tore the tendon while training for the Hell in a Cell match.
The Hell in a Cell bout between Rhodes and Rollins marked the third straight — and most likely rivalry-ending — Premium Live Event fight. And despite the injury, Rhodes came out on top inside the steel cell.
The two first met at WrestleMania 38 in April, an event that marked Rhodes’s first appearance in WWE since re-signing with the company after six years away on the indies and helping to form All Elite Wrestling (AEW) — WWE’s stiffest competition in the industry since the folding of World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Rhodes also won both the WrestleMania match and the rematch at WrestleMania Backlash in May, both of which were widely praised in the wrestling community.