Fans were left surprised a few months ago when Cody Rhodes was the latest big name to confirm his exit from the WWE, following in the footsteps of Wade Barrett.
It felt as if Rhodes and Goldust probably had jobs for lives in Vince McMahon's company, considering the impact Dusty Rhodes had, not only on the company, but on many talents that were learning a lot from him in developmental.
However, the frustrations at a lack of direction with the Stardust character resulted in Rhodes exploring other options, and it comes as no surprise that plenty of independent promotions have signed him for appearances because he’s still a big name and an equally fantastic wrestler.
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It’s a good job the WWE are still so respectful of his legendary Dad, and it’s something he has shown his appreciation for when talking to Dan Lovranski of The Fight Network.
He also discussed how he isn’t sure whether he’ll ever return to the WWE because of the issues he had with the company before he made his exit, but understands that the door will never be shut for him.
He said: “I don’t know, I don’t think the door to WWE ever closes. I’m always told that the revolving door – you know, it’s a tricky question because there were a lot of genuinely large issues for me personally that it would be hypocritical for me to just go back, they would need to be fixed.
“We don’t have to get into all of those but that’s something I’ve wrestled with, whenever somebody, anybody says would you ever go back – the fans dictate what we do to begin with.
“So if the fans wanted me back, that’s not something I would not consider but I made all my decisions and they were really tough decisions for the reasons given so the last thing you want to do is be a huge hypocrite and show up unless there was a damn good reason.
“With that said, there’s plenty of good reasons. They do a really good job of honouring my father and it is strange, kind of like how we began the conversation, it is strange to be on the outside of that. It’s not just strange for me, it’s strange for them.
NOT RULING OUT A RETURN
“Believe me, there’s various texts back and forth about it, that’s why there’s no reason to say anything negative right now about my name because this month, I look at it like this is about my dad, the tag tournament and these youngsters, they’re not youngsters, some of them might be older than me.
“These NXT talents, these stars going for the Dusty Classic and that’s what needs to take the focus. That’s kind of why I have been hush-hush about the name.”
It’s clear that despite the issues he has with the company, the relationship between the pair is still on good terms, which means it may not come as a huge shock to, one day, see Rhodes appear on WWE television again, as long as it’s not as Stardust.
The advantage he’d now have is that he could be given a lot more importance if a return ever comes.
With the brand split in full effect, he could prove to be a vital addition to any roster and excel towards the main event picture of the roster.
Although, the best thing for him to do right now would be to remain on the independent scene.
He can erase all memories of Stardust and go down a similar path that the likes of John Morrison have gone down; creating a huge following that the WWE simply cannot afford to keep you off the radar.
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