News regarding the Cody Rhodes and Paul Heyman segment from 2/6/23 edition of RAW

As seen during the February 6th 2023 edition of WWE RAW, there was a promo segment between Cody Rhodes and Paul Heyman. Dusty Rhodes’ name was brought up and Heyman said the following…

“I can’t convey in words how much I loved your father. And I can tell you straight to your face — man, did your father love you. I’ll tell you this one personally. In my last conversation with your dad, he told me you, Cody, were his favorite son — but Roman Reigns was the son he always wanted.”

The segment generated online buzz with “Cody and Paul” becoming a trending topic on Twitter and Dave Meltzer of stated the following regarding the segment’s purpose on Wrestling Observer Radio

“This was done because they were well aware of how hot the Sami Zayn thing is and it was imperative to not have this Wrestlemania main event angle feel secondary. So they knew going in that they had to do something. And they did. It’s very important to the entire company that the Cody match is not the secondary match. But it’s also important that people don’t look at it as a competition between the two of them (Rhodes and Zayn), and then the people get behind Sami Zayn, and then that screws up Cody as a babyface.” (quote courtesy of

It was also noted how Cody specifically mentioned two titles and that WWE still wants to separate the world titles at some point.