Cody Rhodes Claims NXT Was An Inspiration For Him To Leave WWE, Talks Facing Omega, Advice From Kevin Owens

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Cody Rhodes was a guest on the X-Pac 12360 Podcast this week where he discussed how NXT was an inspiration for him leaving NXT and how he gained advice from Kevin Owens before he went. The following highlights have been issued:

NXT being an inspiration to leave WWE:

“NXT was also a huge inspiration for me to leave because NXT is just Hunter’s independent scene, it’s amazing. He hand plucked all these buzz-worthy talents and had them fight against each other and it’s just those were the guys that were getting the attention of the crowd, capturing their imaginations and I was very inspired by NXT. I know that doesn’t sound like it makes sense to then leave WWE but that’s what it did, it was seeing those guys that already had a brand and who already had buzz…something I had to do.”

Seeking advice from Kevin Owens:

“I had a lot of time to prep… I kinda field tested all the resources I had. Kevin Owen, for example,e is somebody I must have asked eight-hundred-thousand questions to. About everything from how travel is different from where to ask for more, where to not worry about the money. An absurd amount of questions, to timing, to the opponents, you name it, presentation, all of that. So, I had a lot of time to prepare. It was definitely this feeling of fear but I have this rule, that if it doesn’t scare you it’s not an adventure.”

Different body types in wrestling:

“I’ve been really lucky, no injuries, just little hurts here and there and also not to sing a PSA or sound like a goody-two-shoes cause I’ve never taken steroids, It’s been very helpful to my career… I am so glad wrestling is entering this period where we kinda have all body types again, you got guys like Sami Zayn and then you got these bodies like greek-gods, Kota Ibushi, Bray Wyatt…a spectrum of physiques and more healthy living than perhaps the 1980s.”

Facing Kenny Omega this weekend:

“Kenny Omega and I have our match at Supercard of Honor. It means the world to me. It’s the biggest match I’ve ever had in my life ,everything has been built to. I’m almost emotional thinking about all the work that went into this match… It’s crossed platforms as far as Being The Elite, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor. It’s representing multi-platforms. I know right across the street is {Johnny} Gargano and {Tommaso} Ciampa from NXT. I know that’s right across the street. I think that is so good for wrestling that we are going head-to-head. And that we both have full houses and I want to make sure that what I do is better than what they do. I don’t think that’s a bad thing for wrestling at all.”