Cody Rhodes recently spoke with USA Today’s “For The Win” section to talk about his transition from WWE to the indie scene. Rhodes joined the Bullet Club in December of 2016 after teaming with The Young Bucks in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor. When asked about his relationship with The Young Bucks, Rhodes noted that it would be hard for him to do anything without them. He brought up how they didn’t have to accept him as they did but it’s been a full blown acceptance.
“They didn’t know a damn thing about me. Kevin Owens told them I was a cool guy. They are Matt and Nick Rhodes, and I hope I’m Cody Jackson. They have made this life very easy for me and this transition. Currently, that’s who I’m signing with … I’m signing with The Young Bucks.”
Throughout his stint with WWE, Rhodes attempted to not be like his late father, WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes. Now that he is gone from the company and working on the indie scene as his own boss, Rhodes admitted that he has learned through this journey that he wants to be like his father.
“For so long, I have tried not to be my dad, because that doesn’t sell tickets. That doesn’t help – to be a repeat, a novelty or a parody or a replication. Since he’s gone, I find myself in control of my own business and being my own boss. That’s where I’ve found that I am more like him than I ever realized. That’s been a fun thing to realize. Dusty was always his own boss even when he was in polka dots. It’s cool to feel him that way.”
Rhodes also talked about his experience as a freelancer and more. You can read the entire interview here.