As previously noted, former WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes, also known as 'The American Nightmare' Cody, recently participated in a media conference call to promote the NJPW G1 Special where Cody will challenge Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Among many other things, Cody talked about what it would mean for him to be ROH World Champion heading into the G1 Special, how important winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship is to his pro wrestling career, why he did not participate in the G1 tournament this year, and whether there will be an All In 2.
Cody acknowledged that he would like to show up at the G1 Special to face Omega as ROH World Champion. According to the leader of The Bullet Club, brandishing ROH's top prize at the event would raise the profile of ROH as well.
"As far as the Ring Of Honor World title heading into the G1 Special, I have these title matches. I have the Ring Of Honor one at Best In The World: Baltimore [Maryland], June 29th , the day before my birthday." Cody continued, "July 7th  on AXS TV, what we're talking about today, I have the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. And then, at All In, the show I'm executive producing, I have the NWA World's Championship title match. So the world is not enough for someone like me. The character you see in the screen is very not… there's not much difference. I think that might disappoint some people, I'm a bit of a dick in real life. And I don't want to go 0-3. I don't want to go 1-3. I don't want to go 2-3. I want to go 3-3. I want to take this completely and it would mean a great deal to show up at Bay City [California], The Cow Palace, on AXS TV as Ring Of Honor Champion. And I think it would also be really good for Ring Of Honor. The Dalton Castle experiment didn't pay off and this is my opportunity to get back to where I was because as their Champion, and even not as their Champion, I've continued to grow their business. And they're very grateful for it and I'm very grateful for them. It's an opportunity for me. But yeah, I'd very much like to show up and be able to hold my title up alongside [Omega's] and see where it gets us."
During the presser, Wrestling Inc. President Raj Giri asked what winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship would mean to Cody to which 'Nightmare' compared himself winning the big strap to Marvel's Thanos procuring all of the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War.
"Did you see Infinity War? Did you see when Thanos got all of the Infinity Stones and snapped his finger? You saw what happened, right?" Cody asked. "I think for [pro] wrestling, for the remaining members of the Internet Wrestling Community, I could do the snap. I could finally do the snap because that's my biggest… plenty of people have critiques about me. That's my biggest critique about the Internet Wrestling Community is you all seem… I don't know why I'm saying 'you all,' but everybody seems to know exactly how do to this, when to do it, and exactly what it is. Wrestling cannot be defined. It literally cannot be defined. You can have an idea of what works, what doesn't, and you can definitely look in retcon and say, 'that was special and I think it was special because of this,' but for me, when I'm criticized for anything and I look at this sight of the IWGP Championship opportunity I have, I mean, that's the snap. That's legit the Thanos snap. That's saying that the industry is absolutely just unpredictable, on fire, and will continue to surprise you, so it would mean a lot."
According to Cody, he wanted to perform in the G1 tournament this year, but he had a conflict due to an acting gig. The former ROH World Champion went on to promise that he will be in the G1 next year or the year after.
"I would've wanted to be in the tournament this year, but there's this other part of my life that's not [pro] wrestling and that's… I've been working to break into acting a little further. I had my guest roles in a couple of past seasons [of Arrow] and there was something I was able to accrue or book. It hasn't been announced yet and that's eating up my schedule. I actually don't have a day off until the Wednesday before All In. After, I think I start July 1st  and then go all the way till the Wednesday before All In. No days off at all." Cody added, "that was the reason I wasn't able to be in the G1. I think, I'll just guarantee it. I'll Joe Namath it. I will absolutely be in the G1 if not next year, the year after that. I give you my word. I'll be in the G1. If I have to move Heaven and Earth to do it, I will compete in one. I've seen the importance of it."
With respect to All In, Cody divulged that he and The Young Bucks have been approached about an All In 2, but they will wait and see what happens after All In before making any decisions on a followup event.
"If I said anything, I'd have to sue myself with the amount of [nondisclosure agreements] that I've signed for my own damn show," Cody joked. "Okay, let's just focus on All In 1 or All In itself and let's see. I can confirm that we've been approached about an All In 2, which if you really look at it, strip away what the first one is, that was a big check to write. And it did come from three people and we split it, but having to buy insurance for a building, having to form a budget… my goal is not to be a [pro] wrestling promoter. I don't think it's my goal unless I'm pretty good at it, which I don't know. Maybe we will be. But we'll get through All In in Chicago [Illinois] and then we'll see."
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Source: AXS TV PR