While I was devastated when Cody Rhodes left the WWE, the decision to leave the company was probably the best decision he ever made. Cody is ruling the indie scene at the moment, so you have to wonder what went wrong in the WWE. Fortunately, Cody has spoken out about this!
Doing Better on the Indie Scene
One of the questions Cody was asked during a recent interview related to the WWE and if the creative department could have done better for his character. Cody responded with great diplomatic sense:
“I honestly think the more time I spend away from WWE the less it was WWE’s fault and the more it was my inability to go with my guts. There would have been a big difference if I had done that. And that would have meant saying no to a writer or correcting a few folks and maybe ruffling some feathers and stepping on some toes, but I can’t think of anything more important for a wrestler than to go with his gut.
“Specifically in backstage segments and in interviews, no matter what, if you’re not feeling it, you can’t say it. There was only a couple of incidents in my WWE career where what I said on the microphone was all me, and they were my most successful. It’s not a knock on WWE creative at all, they’re there to guide you and give you the bullet points of where it may be going, but they can’t script it. You can’t script wrestling.”
Sticking Up for Himself
During the interview, Cody Rhodes also spoke out about sticking up for himself and his character. While Cody was quite nice for the company and its creative department in his statement, he did mention that nothing ever changed!
“I don’t recall at any point ever being punished for anything like that, but I do recall that when I did speak up for myself from time to time it didn’t make a difference. Essentially the answer I would get was thanks but no thanks. I think I developed a reputation as a complainer and that’s hard to escape. You don’t want to be a complainer, you want to be someone who says ‘I don’t like this but here’s my alternative.’
“I don’t know, maybe because I’m Dusty’s kid and I have a creative mindset that he gifted me a little of, almost every idea I ever got I thought I wanted to do something different. I’ve told a couple of people this but I feel that I wish I’d played dumb a little bit more and just have fun and do what they say. My relationship with the creative team might have been better, because essentially if you’re telling them every week you want to do something else instead, you’re telling them they’re not good at their jobs. Nobody wants to hear that.”
What do you think about Cody’s indie career? What do you think about the statements he made in this recent interview? Let us know in the comment section below, we’ll look forward to reading your opinions!