Cody Rhodes pays tribute to Tupac Shakur with California Love in Los Angeles on WWE’s Smackdown two nights before WrestleMania.
Ahead of his main event match at WrestleMania against WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes appeared on the closing segment of Friday’s (March 31) Smackdown.
“As an athlete, as a man I can tell you I am the most prepared that I have ever been. But in the spirit of full transparency here in this moment speaking to you, holding this microphone, I feel wildly unprepared. Like when I say what do you want to talk about, we could talk about literally anything. We could,” said Cody Rhodes to the L.A. crowd on hand at the Crypto.com Arena.
What came next shocked wrestling fans, but also garnered a positive reaction from the crowd who still 26 plus years later have nothing but love for arguably hip hop’s G.O.A.T.
“I could do a little Diddy for you. I could do the Tupac part of California Love. Out on bail California dreaming, soon as I set on the scenes I’m hearing hoochies screaming. Feining for money and alcohol the life…,” rapped Cody before stopping himself as he realized he was on FOX. “It might be a hair too adult for FOX so I’ll just end it there.”
Known as Tupac’s comeback song after being shot and spending nearly a year in prison, Shakur was blessed with the record that was originally intended by Dr. Dre who also produced the hit song. Dre would give Tupac California Love and the rest is history. The hit single helped Shakur to propel his Death Row records debut album All Eyez On Me.
Cody Rhodes is set to “finish the story” as he looks to win the one title that has eluded his wrestling family. His brother and his father, the late great Dusty Rhodes, had never held the WWE Championship. Cody Rhodes after returning to the WWE at last year’s WrestleMania has the chance to make history live in front of over 70,000 fans at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, April 2nd.