Source: Wrestling With Wreget
"All I can say is, my personal experience with TNA was gleaming. Dixie Carter, such a wonderful woman. So nice to meet her, she helped my father out considerably and that was like -- I like engaging with those people. Billy, exceptional human being, the artist that he is, to help me and get his take on interviews and things of that nature. Also I got paid each night without fail, and I didn't have a single bad experience. Whatever was going on was clearly behind closed doors, which is the way it should be. I was never privy to any of it, the talent seemed happy, I was happy with what I was able to do with Eddie Edwards, and Mike Bennett. If I was asked to come back I sure would think about it, yeah."
If his passion for the business is back after saying it died along with his father in a recent promo in the indies:
"I think it's the whole point of this, and maybe it's the reason we've had such good fan support, I think the whole point of this is finding it. I think every night you find something else. This is so on the ground, so grass roots, you get to speak to people. You get to talk to people about dad, you get to talk to people about my career. I think every night I find a little bit more of what got me into this in the first place if that makes any sense. And I love the idea that there are certain places that I can go and not be Rhodes, because that is a challenge. What if I never was? What If I didn't wake up the son of The American Dream? What if I didn't have that advantage? Would I be able to cut it? So some places I almost get a kick out of that."
The transition from being under the WWE Umbrella to having his own schedule:
"I have yet to have -- connotations of indie you sometimes think 'lesser'. I have yet to have a lesser experience. I know it might happen, but all the shows I've been a part of so far, including tonight, have had a, not indie feel about them, but they have a local feel about them. A brand feel about them. We were talking about What Culture like it's not a brand, not an indie and the difference is just, the productions are higher. NXT did a great service to the business by spotlighting all of the indie superstars because now people are going, in the thousands, to independent shows. So for me I have yet to have an 'indie experience', they've all been pretty wonderful. Crowds of 800 to 1,000 end up sounding like 18,000. I haven't, none of them have felt indie yet."
What he wants the legacy of Cody Rhodes to be:
"The heaviest question of all. I think so many of us are fans of our fathers, and after a while I try not to bring Dusty up because after a while you're kind of beating people over the head with it. However, he was my hero and for me to feel accomplished I want to do something where I can stand in his company and feel important. To him, he was a really big fan of me, and that's great but he was my dad so -- for me there's something out there. I don't know if it's a title, if it's a roll, gosh I don't know what it is. Senate run in Texas? Something out there will make me say 'Hey, I did alright by the old man.' That's all I can think of at the current point, I don't have any kids. Pretty selfish in my current mind point, so yeah."
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