Former WWE superstar Cody Rhodes recently spoke to ESPN.com, about what inspired him to quit the WWE and his ongoing stints as an independent wrestler across many different promotions. During the interview, Rhodes revealed how he always wanted to be a WWE champion, something his father, the legendary Dusty Rhodes, could never become.
“My goal when I got there was to be the one thing that my Dad was never, and that was WWE champion or, as we call it now, the WWE world heavyweight champion. It's the Oscar in professional wrestling, and on a couple of occasions, I got very close to that particular spot,” he said.
Although Rhodes came close to achieving his dream on quite a few occasions, the opportunity seemed to slip away every time, especially in recent times. He stated, “In the past few years, I was getting farther away from it.”
Speaking about what was on his mind before he walked away from the WWE, the former Intercontinental champion, said that he knew he had to establish a brand of his own since he did not have a huge corporate house to back him up.
“A lot of times when people are released or, unfortunately, get fired, they almost scramble for what it is they are going to do next. I think when you are no longer working under a big, corporate umbrella, you have to be your own brand, your own enterprise. That was my thought process before I left.”
As he is now part of the independent circuit, Rhodes is busy wrestling for different promotions round the clock.
When asked about how he copes with it and its impact on his life, here’s what Rhodes said:
“I need a true day or two to kind of wind back and reset. The best indicator is that, when I started this whole journey, I was like 214 pounds. After wrestling almost every single night, I weighed in this morning at 200.1 pounds. I don't think I've been that light since 2011, at my leanest.”
On whether he is planning to settle down a bit and go easy on himself in the near future, Rhodes claimed that he will be doing himself and the fans a great disservice, if he actually does that, especially after quitting the WWE.