Interview: Cody Rhodes talks Kurt Angle, Billy Corgan, Impact Backstage and more
Here are a few excerpts from Cody Rhodes' interview with Wrestledope.com:
On being free from WWE: "The Feeling, the sensation behind it is, it's exciting to cherry pick and select and be your own boss and to be in control of your own brand, however, it's a lot of work."
On wrestling Kurt Angle in the UK : "To have a record crowd for What Culture, to be in there with Kurt Angle and not to be just like Kurt Angle plus garnish. For it instead to be, Kurt Angle V Cody Rhodes, our second match actually, it was very vindicating. It's also nice, you know, the greatest revenge in all the world is the success so it's nice to be vindicated."
On British Wrestling stars working in the United States: "In America, we have "The British are coming!", when it comes to the Revolutionary War but I always equate it to the current situation with guys like Will and Marty and Zack where they are literally like invading America with their talent and the effect and the ramifications of that so it's cool to come over here(UK)".
On the backstage environment in Impact: "My experience was the utmost engine operating at peak efficiency. Billy and Dixie were extremely wonderful. All had feedback, creative input. My experience from the time I went and filmed with the Corvette in Nashville to when I left the tapings to come overseas was wonderful."
On working with Billy Corgan: "I'm passed the concept of, Oh he's not a wrestler, he shouldn't be involved in wrestling. He is an entertainer and they fall in line.An entertainer with a ton of equity, worldwide experience, proven. It's Billy man, he's famous! He's a rock star!. I thought he was wonderful, great for pro wrestling.He had some music made for me and didn't know I wanted to use my other music.
That was one of the hardest moments of perhaps my life. To see his face when I heard the music and know that I'm going to ask him to use my other music. Especially someone who is a musician. It's a moment frozen in time. Me and Billys' relationship I want to build off that moment to where we are good buds because that was a tough one!."
On Leaving WWE: "I did make every effort I possibly could. It just was a matter of, no faith in me at a certain juncture turns around well you know what I don't have faith in you guys either.But let's not end on such a sour note. It's rather dramatic and seems sourer than it really is. It's not, the Rhodes and WWE have a wonderful history. I'm glad they let me go, they are the house that built me and you never know I might be there again one day".