Before Sammy Guevara faced Cody on the first episode of AEW Dynamite, the two faced off years prior with Cody having a big realization regarding him.
Speaking with WrestleZone, Guevara recalled the time he and Cody wrestled for the first time back in 2016. Guevara said Cody thought Guevara was a babyface, perhaps from the pandas and pink colors in his ring gear, but when Cody reached out for a handshake, all he got in return was a middle finger.
“I have one that’s on my own YouTube channel that you guys can go watch for free. It’s myself versus Cody Rhodes for the first time in 2016. We wrestled each other in Corpus Christi. A funny story—Cody had heard about me, but at the time he didn’t know much about me. I had pandas on my gear, I wore pink—I probably looked like a super babyface. He thought I was a babyface, and at the beginning of the match he goes to shake my hand. I give him the middle finger, the bird, and his face when he realizes, ‘ahhh, he’s a bad guy!’ It’s priceless, and the camera zooms in perfectly on his face right at that moment," Guevara said.
Since then, Cody would go on to become a key executive for AEW as well as the first TNT Champion while Guevara became a part of Chris Jericho's Inner Circle faction on AEW.
You can check out the full interview at this link.