WSVN-TV Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet interviewed Cody Rhodes at this past weekend's Ring of Honor event in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During the interview, Cody discussed making much more money now in wrestling than he ever did in WWE, the best advice he got from his father, the legalities of his name and a lot more.
You can watch the full interview in the video above, they sent us these highlights:
He's making more money since leaving WWE:
"I just had the absolute best luck in the world in terms of meeting The Young Bucks and they might look like wild little rock stars who are irresponsible but they are business geniuses. They set up the deal with Hot Topic and they're going to be the first 7-figure downside characters that New Japan Pro Wrestling has. The best way to put it is it's better. It's currently the best it's ever been for me. So yes, I don't want to be tacky but it's very exciting."
He's happier since leaving WWE:
"I was really confident when I left WWE. I was confident that I would have a good time and I was confident that I could wrestle differently than perhaps people saw me in the last few years with WWE but I definitely wasn't prepared for this level of everything. This level of fan interaction, this level of financial residuals coming from these shows and this level of just love."
The best advice his father Dusty Rhodes gave him:
"Every day with him was kind of like a motivational chit-chat. That's how he spoke. He spoke almost like a preacher whenever you spoke to him, so there was always something. I think the thing that always stuck with me was maximize your minutes. At the time in WWE I wasn't getting a lot of airtime and I wasn't always the one with his hand raised at the end and he believed it didn't matter. You could still do something that made somebody go 'Oh, I really like that guy' or little kids that really liked Stardust. I think about that a lot because I have the opportunity to have a lot of minutes when it comes to Ring of Honor and I think about now that you've got them, don't blow it. I hear his voice in my head in every match. He's always with me."
The legalities of calling himself 'Cody Rhodes':
"Oh you can say Cody Rhodes all day long. I just play it safe when it comes to television because it is WWE's intellectual property. But it is literally my legal name, like on my ID. My name hasn't been Cody Runnels since I was 17. But it's theirs. At no point would I ever want to go into a courtroom with a company I have love and admiration for. I met my wife there, I got my start there, they're the house that build me. If they want that last name they can give it to somebody in NXT."
Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12:
"Those types of moves didn't happen in the early 2000s. They didn't really happen after the Attitude Era. Now all of a sudden the term Independent Contractor really means Independent Contractor and that's really cool. It's not the brand that defines you, it's you that defines the brand."