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    Posted: 13/November/2017 at 14:11
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Thanks to rajah.com reader and WSVN-TV Entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet for sending this in:

Hope you're having a great weekend! I wanted to pass along the interview I did with Cody Rhodes at last night's Ring of Honor in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

We talked about a lot of stuff, but the most interesting thing he said was that he is making much more money now in wrestling than he ever did in WWE. He also talked about the best advice he got from his father, the legalities of his name and a lot more.

He's 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."

He's happier since leaving 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."

The best advice his father Dusty Rhodes gave him:

"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."

The legalities of calling himself 'Cody Rhodes':

"Oh you can say Cody Rhodes all day long. I just play it safe when it comes to television because it is WWE's intellectual property. But it is literally my legal name, like on my ID. My name hasn't been Cody Runnels since I was 17. But it's theirs. At no point would I ever want to go into a courtroom with a company I have love and admiration for. I met my wife there, I got my start there, they're the house that build me. If they want that last name they can give it to somebody in NXT."

On Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12:

"Those types of moves didn't happen in the early 2000s. They didn't really happen after the Attitude Era. Now all of a sudden the term Independent Contractor really means Independent Contractor and that's really cool. It's not the brand that defines you, it's you that defines the brand."

With guys like Del Rio, Jericho etc making more money for less dates on the independent circuit, you can't blame Cody for wanting the same and if Young Bucks end up making a million a year then crikey Shocked
 
Kind words about his dad, filled with love for all his old man did for him.
 
Nice to see E spoken of good too, thus showing no bitterness and plenty of respect for all they did for him.
 
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Out of all of the superstars released in the past few years, Cody is the one for me who i think WWE have made a big mistake with.

He has alot of talent and charisma and as seen by alot of his work since leaving, when he is given a bit more freedom he can really connect with a crowd.

The money must have really changed over the years - part of the reason WWE is known as the big leagues is because of the big money the talent can make

If the money is that good on the indie circuit - i can see alot more superstars leaving to capitalise on that - especially given they will have "Former WWE superstar" on their CV
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During a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, Cody Rhodes discussed the current wrestling scene, his new “Attitude Era” being on the way and more. You can check out some highlights below:

On the current wrestling scene: “It’s a wild time to be a pro wrestler and it’s a wild time to be a pro wrestling fan…I think everything [has] been elevated and the platform that Ring Of Honor has given myself, Matt and Nick [Jackson] and New Japan, they’ve let us play our music in our own way and right now people like the song. And I’m very… I don’t know. I tend to go back and forth. Sometimes, I’m a total dreamer and then other times I’m quite a realist, so I know in wrestling, one day, you’re up, and the next day, you can be bottom of the barrel down and we’ve been up, up, up, and it continues to trend upward, so I just want to keep it going. Hot Topic, that thing that the Bucks set up with Hot Topic, so many people have benefitted from it and that’s going to be something, I hope, when you look back in the history books of wrestling, there [are] going to be these moments where things happen, where watershed incidents, where breakaway moments went down, that’s one of those. That [has] made… hell, that [has] made a lot of people rich already. So yeah, no, I’m just enjoying the ride, but I still want to make sure we’re still going up here.”

On a new ‘Attitude Era’ being on the way: “Wrestling is absolutely hot and getting hotter. [Bully Ray was] involved, [but] me, Matt, and Nick weren’t involved in wrestling when it was at it’s hottest in the late 90s in The Attitude Era. We want our Attitude Era and I don’t know what it’s called or what it’s going to be, but it’s heading that direction, so we want to be on the right side of history. We want to be a part of it.”

On his successful 2017: “Not to sound tacky, but this has been the first seven-figure year I’ve ever had and it blows me away that it happened, so on that end, for my family and well-being, that part has been the best. But also, the part I enjoy the most, the fans and the creative element of what we do, I keep saying it, but to play music how you want to play it, it [has] never been like this before for me. This is superseded… I look at a time, my WWE Intercontinental Championship run as my favorite thing I ever did because I got to change the belt and I got to be involved in a couple of WrestleManias with that in the picture, but this time, now, has completely passed it by, blown it away. Being a world champion is all that it was cracked up to be from every world champion that there ever was that told me about it. It [has] certainly been everything that I dreamed and hoped for.”

Love his passion for the business. If he can get his own version of the Attitude Era for his own era that would be brilliant.
 
It shows E in a bad light that his best ever year for making money is away from their machine.
 
He appears to be the happiest he's ever been creatively in having more say than ever before in what he does.
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