Cody Rhodes appeared on “Out of Character with Ryan Satin” to talk about his decision to return to WWE after spending 3 years in AEW.
Cody was asked what he meant when he stated that he wasn’t mature enough to be in the role of VP at AEW:
“I think that role, I did well with it. I was very active. I did start the community department. Brandi did bring culture city into the wrestling and sports entertainment space. So we were very active in terms of all the facets and assets of that gig.”
“We wanted a wrestling company brought to you by wrestlers, for sure, that’s a huge part of the mission. But maybe it would have been better served for me at age 45 than it did at age, you know, 33, or whatever it was, I am just now entering the prime of my career. So to make political decisions, like boxing myself out of winning a world championship, those decisions, in hindsight, were not the correct decisions and what I should have been doing.”
“I’m the best wrestler in the world. I can tell you that without it sounding braggadocious and it’s simply because this is all I do. I trained to do it. I live and breathe it, I have a school here with four rings. I treat this like an athlete in the NFL would treat a game.”
“But with that in mind, I would need to go and be that. I wanted to be both and it was just too difficult, and that’s where I did not have the maturity to balance it. It wasn’t a matter of being one of the boys versus not because I’m no longer just one of the boys. I love it and wish I could be one, but I’ve been in this position before. I’ve been on the other side. I’ve been in these production meetings and things of that nature and I’ve been part of the technical production. But I just think it would have served me better a little later in my life when I could look at a show and say I don’t want to be in the top spot.”
“You need that good competition in your locker room, that positive real competition, and if I can’t be the best wrestler in the world on television because I’m afraid I’m going to offend colleagues, because I am also their boss, that was the situation we were in and I just played it in the middle. There was only so much playing in the middle I could do.”
“Now I’m not in charge of anything other than me and being a pro wrestler. I say to you, I’m the best wrestler in the world, and I felt like it for years. But now we’re in a situation where I do have to be careful of how I say it because I’m not carrying the belt. Brock and Roman combined these championships and you have your undisputed WWE Universal Championship. That’s the big one. I don’t have it. So that may be the main difference between me and the other best wrestler in the world is that one of them is wearing the title and one isn’t.”