Former WWE superstar Cody Rhodes is all set to make his Ring of Honor debut at the promotion’s Final Battle pay-per-view, which will be held on 2 December at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. In his very first match, Rhodes will be squaring off against former ROH World Champion, Jay Lethal.
In a recent interview with Scott Fishman of the Channel Guide Magazine, Rhodes said that he felt Final Battle was bigger than Wrestlemania to him and also specified why this was the case. Here’s what he said:
“Final Battle, I’m not lying, is bigger than what WrestleMania was to me. Maybe because I’m out there in my own skin. Maybe it’s because I have cultivated my own brand now. Maybe it’s because the best revenge in the world is success.”
“Maybe I want to prove naysayers and WWE wrong. I found I stopped focusing on the negative, which, especially in this modern day of social media, is hard to do. I’m driven by the positive. Almost every single show we’ve done on the independent run has had a record crowd,” Rhodes added.
During the interview, the former WWE Intercontinental Champion also spoke in detail about his issues with the ‘Stardust’ character, which he portrayed during his final phase as a WWE superstar and why he felt that it was time for him to leave.
“I felt like the biggest jabroni ever. I wasn’t Stardust. I know people will say, ‘Do what they tell you. It’s wrestling.’ That’s not who I am. I’m the one out there in the ring. I know there are bosses and people who oversee it, but I’m the one out there doing it. I want to at least do something that feels like me. Stardust didn’t feel like me anymore.”
“It was fun because it was a total departure from what I was doing, but it wasn’t me anymore. I was in the dressing room and thought it was time. Ten years is a long time to work for anybody. I had the greatest experience there for the most part. I met my wife there. I travelled the globe, but it was time,” Rhodes went on to say.
Another interesting topic that Cody Rhodes brought up was the influence that promotions like ROH have on the WWE locker room. He also revealed how some former ROH superstars who are now in the WWE have been helping him prepare for the Final Battle pay-per-view.
“If you were to walk into a WWE locker room today, you would see people watching YouTube clips of places like PWG, Rev Pro, especially like Ring of Honor. That is what you would see. I got a great history lesson of ROH product because I rode with Daniel Bryan for so long. He is so proud of his body of work there.”
“I’ve been fortunate to rub shoulders and share the ring with ROH alumni like Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Seth Rollins. I’ve called each of those guys in the last few weeks to get an idea of what to expect on Friday. I don’t walk into anything not knowing. I feel you disrespect the brand if you don’t do your homework,” he concluded.
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