NJPW and ROH star Cody Rhodes recently spoke with FOX Sports Australia to promote NJPW’s upcoming Australian tour, and below are some interview highlights.
On leaving WWE:
“In WWE, you’re always given the opportunity,” he said.
“They have such a large brand — you’re on the (WWE) Network, you’re on YouTube, you’re on USA Network (the US TV home of Monday Night Raw), you’re on so many platforms. I just think it didn’t feel right. I don’t know what specifically.
“Maybe I just wasn’t meant to do Stardust as long as I had done it, so it didn’t feel right. I remember putting some concept art together for what I would look like as just Cody Rhodes, as just Cody, the wrestler.
“And it really just appealed to me in such a way that if I couldn’t do it in WWE, I thought well, I’ve saved my money, I know a little bit about the game, I’m going to go and do it on my own and see how I do. And it ended up being the best decision I’ve ever made.”
On Bullet Club’s success in ROH and NJPW:
“It’s total freedom. And I don’t think it’s fear. I don’t think that New Japan and Ring of Honor are afraid of the Bullet Club, they’re aware,” Rhodes said.
“Particularly Being the Elite — they’re aware that it’s only a good thing, because it’s a platform for talent to succeed.”