ROH Champion Cody (Rhodes) was introspective while talking with the Daily Metro in the UK about what he could have done differently during his WWE run. “I honestly think the more time I spend away from WWE the less it was WWE’s fault and the more it was my inability to go with my guts,” Cody said. “There would have been a big difference if I had done that. And that would have meant saying no to a writer or correcting a few folks and maybe ruffling some feathers and stepping on some toes, but I can’t think of anything more important for a wrestler than to go with his gut.
“Specifically in backstage segments and in interviews, no matter what, if you’re not feeling it, you can’t say it. There was only a couple of incidents in my WWE career where what I said on the microphone was all me, and they were my most successful. It’s not a knock on WWE creative at all, they’re there to guide you and give you the bullet points of where it may be going, but they can’t script it. You can’t script wrestling.”
Cody also spoke about being ROH Champion. “It feels good. It’s a cliche, but it’s good to be the champ. I wanted to be a world champion of some sorts since I got into the industry when I was 15-years-old, and I was able to do that. I’m looking at the belt on the top of the bag across from me and it still hasn’t fully hit me. There are multiple stages to all of this, but I know that every time I walk into a gym or go to a new locker room since I won the title, I’ve felt like the world champion. My understanding of the world title and what it means is consistency.” Read the full interview at Metro.co.
Powell’s POV: Cody went into more detail in terms of what he felt like he could have done differently and how he feels he developed a reputation as a complainer when it came to creative. It’s a good interview with Cody, who also spoke about his NJPW run and explains why it wouldn’t be a good idea to pick a fight with Dave Meltzer if he’s in the building.