Wrestlemania 38 had a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Reference
Wrestlemania 38 had something for everyone, including a subtle reference to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. On Saturday, Cody Rhodes returned to WWE after a 6-year absence, including 3 years to found rival company AEW. Rhodes returned to a hero’s welcome, taking on Seth Rollins in one of the best matches of the weekend. During the opening minutes of the match, the WWE commentator snuck in a few lines of dialogue from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which also served to reference Rhodes’ past with the company. “Time passing is always cruel and one thing that doesn’t change over time is just a memory of youth,” Graves said. This is a paraphrase of a dialogue Sheik said to Link when Link returned to his old home in Kokiri Forest. Given that Ocarina of time is Rhodes’ favorite The Legend of Zelda game, the line was a nice nod to Rhodes and the franchise.
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Rhodes is a long time The Legend of Zelda fan and even has the Triforce tattooed on one finger. Rhodes often wore boots with the Triforce on them in his in-ring debut and even appeared in a Nintendo segment designed to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary. Back in 2019, Rhodes spoke to ComicBook.com about the most recent The Legend of Zelda Game breath of the wild as well as its upcoming sequel. “I think breath of the wild was amazing,” Rhodes said. “The only negative I’ve seen people might have is maybe they wanted a bit more story or it might even be positive, it was so good they wanted to know more. But now we follow the same Link, and Zelda, and through Hyrule. The trailer looked pretty awful, so I’m excited for that.”
Now that Rhodes is back, it’s more than likely we’ll get a few more. The Legend of Zelda WWE references. Rhodes is signed to a multi-year contract with WWE and will almost certainly be one of the company’s top stars during his current tenure.