Cody Rhodes has evolved himself into one of the most demanded talents in the professional wrestling industry today.
Rhodes, the sone of WWE Hall Of Famer Dusty Rhodes, started his professional wrestling career back in 2006 and was signed by WWE to perform in its developmental territory of Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). He remained with the company through 2016 where he had multiple reigns as Intercontinental Champion, before demanding his release in May of last year due to his displeasure with his current position in the company.
He then embarked on the independent circuit and established himself as one of the top names in the professional wrestling industry. Rhodes has worked for promotions such as Global Force Wrestling (GFW) (formerly known as TNA or Impact Wrestling), Ring Of Honor (ROH), and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).
He currently reigns as the ROH World Heavyweight Champion and has never been better in his career. He recently did an interview with Crave to talk about a variety of professional wrestling topics, including his time with WWE. During the interview, Rhodes offered his opinion on how WWE's NXT developmental program provides a huge spotlight for rival promotions ROH and NJPW (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"WWE and NXT have put a huge spotlight on Ring of Honor whether they meant to or not. But by essentially taking all of Ring of Honor's stars and propelling them to the top, people tend to look at this and the partnership with New Japan being exclusive to ROH.
"I think me and the Bucks really want to see where we can get this place, how far we can go, crowds that were 400-600, let's see if we can get those crowds to 1,000-1,500 or places that are huge and drawing 4,000 let's see if we can get them to 8,000. Realistic goals have been set and I'd like to hit them all while I have the title."
"I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can because I know in wrestling, you get yo-yoed. The high is the high and the low is the low and because of my prior experience, I'm terrified of the low.
"The low may never happen. This run may go for a minute but I'm terrified it will happen any second so I'm just going to have fun with it."
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