Rhodes joked in a recent interview with Sowetan Live that the celebrity he'd most like to wrestle is Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He said of the hypothetical match, "I feel like I could win because he's old; although I'm sure he's tough."
No word if he was grinning under his mustache as he said this.
Let's hope that nobody on WWE's staff is giving this punch line a second thought. Having Jon Heder compete on WWE Raw is one thing, but this would be on the level of Jay Leno teaming with Diamond Dallas Page in 1998.
As the WWE Creative Humor Twitter account pointed out, Rhodes may just be hungry for a win of any kind.
WWE Creative Humor @WWECreative_ish
Cody Rhodes said in an interview he would wrestle Morgan Freeman but we think he'd settle for "anyone above lower midcard" #Kayfabe4/25/2013, 12:29:39 PM
It's hard to remember when the last time the Team Rhodes Scholars member strung together a series of victories in singles matches. However, the motivation for choosing a 75-year-old opponent with no WWE experience is apparently about more than getting an easy victory.
Rhodes went on to explain his reasoning.
We could sell it and he could narrate the match, like he narrates everything. He could explain everything because he's such a great storyteller he could tell the story of me beating him. That would be wonderful.
If this were WCW circa-2000, perhaps the match would actually happen. In reality, it's nothing more than an amusing answer to a question Rhodes has likely heard several times.
Freeman's famously rich voice would be a welcome addition to some WWE video packages. The guy has one beautiful voice. That part is no joke.
Rhodes is apparently adept at delivering witty answers to interview questions. In the same interview in which he challenged Freeman, he was asked if he would ever want to be in a major Hollywood movie and he had a zinger for that question too.
He said, "If a man was to walk in and tell me, 'Alright, you're going to be in Fast and the Furious 35, for instance, I'd be running with him."
Rhodes would be as old as Freeman by the time Fast and the Furious 35 came out.
You can't blame Rhodes for toying with ideas of the ridiculous kind. Despite his talents, WWE hasn't asked him to do much in recent months. He and his partner Damien Sandow were cut from the WrestleMania 29 card (h/t WrestleZone.com) altogether. Perhaps he's just bored.
While he sits in the locker room, waiting around, it's not surprising that his mind wanders to impossible matches.
A match against Freeman is a silly idea, but it would probably be better for Rhodes than getting beat by Tons of Funk again.