During a recent interview with Busted Open Radio, Ring of Honor World Champion Cody Rhodes took the opportunity to discuss a few different topics, including how the year 2017 has been the first year in which he has made seven figures. Below are highlights:
2017 Being the First Time He Has Made Seven Figures
"Not to sound tacky, but this has been the first seven-figure year I’ve ever had and it blows me away that it happened, so on that end, for my family and well-being, that part has been the best. But also, the part I enjoy the most, the fans and the creative element of what we do, I keep saying it, but to play music how you want to play it, it [has] never been like this before for me. This is superseded… I look at a time, my WWE Intercontinental Championship run as my favorite thing I ever did because I got to change the belt and I got to be involved in a couple of WrestleManias with that in the picture, but this time, now, has completely passed it by, blown it away. Being a world champion is all that it was cracked up to be from every world champion that there ever was that told me about it. It [has] certainly been everything that I dreamed and hoped for."
How He Thinks a New "Attitude Era" is on its Way
"Wrestling is absolutely hot and getting hotter. [Bully Ray was] involved, [but] me, Matt, and Nick weren’t involved in wrestling when it was at it’s hottest in the late 90s in The Attitude Era. We want our Attitude Era and I don’t know what it’s called or what it’s going to be, but it’s heading that direction, so we want to be on the right side of history. We want to be a part of it."
What He Thinks of the Current Wrestling Scene
"It’s a wild time to be a pro wrestler and it’s a wild time to be a pro wrestling fan…I think everything [has] been elevated and the platform that Ring Of Honor has given myself, Matt and Nick [Jackson] and New Japan, they’ve let us play our music in our own way and right now people like the song. And I’m very… I don’t know. I tend to go back and forth. Sometimes, I’m a total dreamer and then other times I’m quite a realist, so I know in wrestling, one day, you’re up, and the next day, you can be bottom of the barrel down and we’ve been up, up, up, and it continues to trend upward, so I just want to keep it going. Hot Topic, that thing that the Bucks set up with Hot Topic, so many people have benefited from it and that’s going to be something, I hope, when you look back in the history books of wrestling, there [are] going to be these moments where things happen, where watershed incidents, where breakaway moments went down, that’s one of those. That [has] made… hell, that [has] made a lot of people rich already. So yeah, no, I’m just enjoying the ride, but I still want to make sure we’re still going up here."