Cody Rhodes On New Japan Touring Australia, Why He Can’t Call Kenny Omega His Leader, Finding A Home w/ Ring Of Honor & New Japan

Bill Pritchard
Cody Rhodes On New Japan Touring Australia, Why He Can’t Call Kenny Omega His Leader, Finding A Home w/ ROH & New Japan

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Cody Rhodes recently spoke with Max Laughton for FOX Sports Australia; you can read a few highlights below:

Cody comments on New Japan’s choice of Australia motivating the talent: 

“It’s a pretty measured choice, that New Japan decided its second international show wasn’t going to be in the UK or Europe or South America, that it was going to be in Australia. And I think that has really sort of energized the whole crew — all of us, the whole roster, wanted this tour. A lot of guys personally made sure that it happened. I’m expecting New Japan at its best, four nights in a row.”

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Cody comments on finding a home with ROH and New Japan after such a busy first year on the independent scene: 

“I had a schedule like 1980s Ric Flair. Just a dumb schedule. Just arduous. The problem was I was so used to driving from town to town to town, like you do in WWE because you do your ‘loop’ in circumference of where TV is going to be filmed.

“These independent shows, I was getting on a plane every morning and flying cross-country. Sometimes no shower. Taking a red-eye from San Francisco to make a show on the other side of the country, or even to get to the United Kingdom. I went straight from my first Wrestle Kingdom (major New Japan show) to the airport to fly to the UK for a What Culture Pro Wrestling show. So I wanted something, and I think I found it in Ring of Honor and New Japan, so I started slowing down.”

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Cody comments on recent issues with Kenny Omega, why he can’t have someone else as a leader: 

“I’m not capable of being in a group where I’m not the leader. I did it once earlier in my career with Legacy (with Randy Orton in WWE), and that was cool because I was young and green and a rookie in the industry, but now no more.

After a world title run you can’t really call someone else your leader. And I think that is this natural tension, that very really exists, because here he (Omega) is with this reputation of being the best wrestler in the world and here I am with that mainstream appeal that helped gain a bunch of new fans for the Bullet Club. And the fact that I think Matt likes me more, and Nick likes Kenny, it’s all real. So why not have a match? Why not make it real?”

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