Source: The Steve Austin Show
According to Austin, Rhodes' reported parting ways with WWE did not come at the best time, considering that Rhodes may have had better opportunities coming his way in the wake of WWE's impending brand split.
"Cody Rhodes decided to ride off into the sunset. He wasn't happy with creative [and] he wasn't happy that he couldn't do what he wanted to do." Austin continued, "his value would have been at an all-time high because of the brand split and they're going to need all hands on deck. And so maybe him leaving wasn't such a good idea, to take himself out of the picture, as he might have had a little bit more leverage or might have been used in a higher regard due to the brand split because they're going to need all the talent they can muster."
Austin said it will be interesting to see what Rhodes does next. Although Austin does not see Rhodes going to Japan, he indicated that Rhodes is talented and wants nothing but the best for the former Stardust.
"I don't see him in Japan. I love the kid. I love Cody. I think he's a real talented guy, but where does he go from here if it's going to be in the wrestling world?" Austin added, "I wish that guy all the luck. He's a good kid and I've been friends with the [Rhodes] family forever. Dusty meant so much to my wrestling career and I used to travel the world with Dustin and I got to know Cody a little bit, so I wish the guy all the luck in the world."
As for Roman Reigns, Austin said that the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion has to hit another gear before he can really be a top level heel or babyface. According to Austin, Reigns is still not fully connecting with the audience.
"I think it's more natural to him to be a heel or it will be if they go that route. But I think he can be a heel, but, to me, he [has] got another level to go just from the connection to the people to be a money heel or money baby rather than just being a heel or a baby because there's a difference."
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