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Joe Hendry credits Cody Rhodes for career boost ahead of TNA Slammiversary

One big thing: Joe Hendry acknowledges Cody Rhodes’ impact on his wrestling career

Former TNA Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry recently praised Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes for significantly influencing his professional wrestling journey.

• Hendry made his WWE NXT debut on June 18 in a 25-man battle royal.
• His debut tweet became WWE’s most viewed on Twitter in 2024.
• Hendry worked with Rhodes during his time in WhatCulture Pro Wrestling.

What they’re saying

“I definitely owe Cody Rhodes a cigar for sure,” Hendry told Chris Van Vliet on the Insight podcast.

Why it matters

Hendry’s acknowledgment highlights the interconnectedness of the wrestling industry and how established stars can help elevate emerging talent.

The bigger picture

• Hendry credits Rhodes for his referral to Ring of Honor (ROH).
• His ROH experience led to opportunities with TNA Wrestling.
• Hendry emphasized Rhodes’ kindness, noting he didn’t need to make the referral.

What’s next

Joe Hendry will compete for the TNA World Championship at Slammiversary on July 20.

• He’ll face Moose, Josh Alexander, Steve Maclin, Nic Nemeth, and Frankie Kazarian.
• This marks Hendry’s first shot at the TNA World Championship.

How do you think Joe Hendry will fare in his first TNA World Championship match at Slammiversary? Leave your predictions in the comments below!

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