Without a doubt, Cody is one of the most well-known and successful independent professional wrestlers right now. Despite comments that he is piggybacking off WWE or his family name, Cody has made an identity of his own that should not draw comparisons to either.
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Cody defended himself against the allegations made by Jay Lethal in kayfabe to The New York Post. The article, titled “The man trying to save Ring of Honor from Cody Rhodes mess,” wasn’t met with good reception from Cody on Twitter.
What a headline… https://t.co/T71W6UBYzl
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) December 11, 2018
Lethal originally explained what it would be like for Ring of Honor if Cody defeats him at Final Battle and captures the ROH World Championship in his final match in the promotion.
“Imagine all of a sudden that corner office and that promotion is now gone, and it’s impossible to get. It’s impossible to get that raise. It’s impossible to move forward. It would be insane.
“Plus, not to mention the irreparable damage it would probably do to the company to lose its belt, and then there is always that [chance] our belt could show up somewhere else and be dropped in the garbage. I don’t think anybody, especially myself, would want that.”
Cody wasn’t having any of it. During his interview, Cody explained that everything he did for ROH helped the promotion. He did nothing to harm it. In fact, he loves the team and the company itself- though he doesn’t intend on wrestling at the G1 Supercard.
“The ‘mess’ I created was a 40 percent net gross increase for Ring of Honor that I feel had a great deal to do with the Bullet Club and their success this past year. Sounds silly, but there are plenty of people at ROH, and I think Jay is one of them, that are afraid of their own success. They don’t want to leave the bubble. They think I’m genuinely insane for attempting to do the things I dream of.”
On the note of the Championship itself, Cody would be honored to wear the Championship again. He claims he will make the ROH World Championship go everywhere with him, as he respects the Championship.
“I’ve been around wrestling since I opened my eyes for the first time. I know the difference between a title that matters and one that we have to pretend matters. The ROH title is validated by the soldiers who’ve carried it. It will be an honor to wear it a second time. And of course, I will break all the rules just as I have done the past two years. It’ll go everywhere.”
Do you think Cody or Lethal will leave with the Championship? Do you think Cody felt wronged by what Lethal and The New York Post had said? Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and reactions in those comments below.
With H/T to Sports Illustrated for the transcription.