The folks at ProWrestling.com recently had the chance to interview Cody Rhodes a couple of weeks ago while backstage at the All In press conference at the Pro Wrestling Tees store in Chicago. Despite what some fans have speculated on social media, Russo’s comments about independent wrestling had nothing to do with why he was banned from the show.
Rhodes said that he and The Young Bucks have some input with the Starrcast convention taking place before All In. He said that he didn’t mean to disrespect Russo but he doesn’t know much about him and the era when he booked was not his favorite time as a fan.
“I don’t mean to take his accolades away or any of that. His name got caught up in a lot of modern issues he had with homophobia and things of that nature. That’s not getting heat. That’s being an idiot. That’s being naive. That’s being ignorant. The wrestling world is being open to everybody.”
In response to Russo claiming to be a real heel, Rhodes said there is no babyface beating him up and shock factor is out. “We don’t wanna turn off a whole community. I couldn’t see myself doing that. Also, The Bucks didn’t know he was announced. I handled that. So no, I’m not doing his podcast. I mean no disrespect but that’s kind of the end of it. He could tweet at me every day for the next ten years and we’re done. I don’t give my money to you if you don’t deserve it. I don’t think he deserves anybody’s money.”
Russo has since denied that he is homophobic.
You can see the interview below (skip to 11:05 for the talk about Vince Russo but you really should watch the whole thing).
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