Ring Of Honor Champion Cody Rhodes recently took some time to speak with WSVN-TV Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet while at the ROH event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida earlier this week. Below are some of the highlights.
On making more money since leaving WWE: “I just had the absolute best luck in the world in terms of meeting The Young Bucks and they might look like wild little rock stars who are irresponsible but they are business geniuses. They set up the deal with Hot Topic and they’re going to be the first 7-figure downside characters that New Japan Pro Wrestling has. The best way to put it is it’s better. It’s currently the best it’s ever been for me. So yes, I don’t want to be tacky but it’s very exciting.”
On being happier since parting ways with WWE: “I was really confident when I left WWE. I was confident that I would have a good time and I was confident that I could wrestle differently than perhaps people saw me in the last few years with WWE but I definitely wasn’t prepared for this level of everything. This level of fan interaction, this level of financial residuals coming from these shows and this level of just love.”
On the best advice he received from his legendary father, Dusty Rhodes: “Every day with him was kind of like a motivational chit-chat. That’s how he spoke. He spoke almost like a preacher whenever you spoke to him, so there was always something. I think the thing that always stuck with me was maximize your minutes. At the time in WWE I wasn’t getting a lot of airtime and I wasn’t always the one with his hand raised at the end and he believed it didn’t matter. You could still do something that made somebody go ‘Oh, I really like that guy’ or little kids that really liked Stardust. I think about that a lot because I have the opportunity to have a lot of minutes when it comes to Ring of Honor and I think about now that you’ve got them, don’t blow it. I hear his voice in my head in every match. He’s always with me.”
Check out the complete Cody Rhodes interview at YouTube.com.