During a recent appearance on the “Busted Open Radio” podcast, Cody Rhodes commented on a variety of topics including what has changed for him between his first and second runs with WWE.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On the conditions that defined his earlier stint with WWE: “I always tell people that I’m a slow learner. It took me a while to get to the spot I wanted to be [in]. But when I think of a new match, when somebody says ‘Cody vs. somebody’ — even if we had done that match eight years ago, ten years ago — it doesn’t read the same way at all. It reads brand new because I had found my footing … but I’ll say there was a period of time, and maybe it wasn’t in WWE … where I really feel I lost my compass.”
On finding a new motivation: “I was arrogant and I was grizzled. You know how guys get grizzled long before they should get grizzled? I was all those things, and I was really angry. And a lot of that work is evident when you look at what I did with New Japan and Ring of Honor and AEW. There was like an anger to me that … I’m motivated differently now … maybe having a daughter probably changed it. But, you know, it’s different, and it’s a bit better for me as motivation. It’s been more positive.”
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Cody Rhodes Reflects on His WWE Career and Finding New Motivation
In a recent appearance on the “Busted Open Radio” podcast, Cody Rhodes opened up about his experiences during his time with WWE and how he has found a new motivation in his career. Rhodes, who is now a prominent figure in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), discussed the changes he went through between his first and second runs with WWE.
During the podcast, Rhodes acknowledged that it took him some time to reach the position he desired in the wrestling industry. He mentioned that even if he had faced someone in a match years ago, it would feel completely different now because he has found his footing. However, he also admitted that there was a period where he felt lost and had lost his compass, although it may not have been during his time in WWE.
Rhodes further explained that during that period, he was arrogant, grizzled, and angry. He mentioned that there was an evident anger in his work with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and now AEW. However, he believes that his motivation has changed since then, and having a daughter has played a significant role in that shift. He now finds a different kind of motivation that is more positive and fulfilling.
The wrestler’s comments shed light on the personal growth and transformation he has undergone throughout his career. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience periods of uncertainty or dissatisfaction in their professional lives. Rhodes’ journey serves as a reminder that setbacks can lead to self-reflection and ultimately result in finding a renewed sense of purpose.
Since leaving WWE, Rhodes has become one of the key figures in AEW, both as an in-ring performer and as an executive vice president. He has been instrumental in shaping the promotion’s success and has played a crucial role in its rise as a major competitor to WWE.
Rhodes’ story is a testament to the resilience and determination required to succeed in the wrestling industry. It serves as an inspiration to aspiring wrestlers and individuals facing career challenges, reminding them that setbacks can be overcome with the right mindset and a willingness to adapt and grow.
As fans, we can continue to follow Cody Rhodes’ journey and witness his continued success in AEW. His story serves as a reminder that personal growth and finding new motivation are essential aspects of any career, regardless of the industry.