Cody Rhodes discusses his relationship with Vince McMahon.
Before Cody Rhodes became one of four Executive Vice Presidents of All Elite Wrestling, he was floundering in WWE as Stardust. Rhodes reportedly pitched multiple ideas for himself and as the Stardust character, but was repeatedly shot down. In the end, Cody asked for, and was granted, his release in May 2016.
Speaking to Tony Schiavone at Starrcast III, Cody discussed his relationship with Vince McMahon and why it didn't work out with him and WWE.
"I want to be the star player. I want to talk to you and know you," said Cody. "It's really weird when you're trying and trying and trying, and you just don't click. It's okay that my dreams, it's okay that they changed. Because the product changed [in WWE]. There was a time where if you were on a live event, and you tore the house down, Arn Anderson took that report to Vince and he told him. Monday, you were on TV. You had earned it. Now, I'm not saying that's not the case, but it didn't feel like it was the same. I got tired of wanting him to hit the ball back when I knew there was more to do. Why try to impress one guy when you have the whole world to impress. I don't think he's ever going to like me as a wrestler or a man. I don't give a damn. It's out of respect. It's your opinion, great. Why try for this one guy?"
When asked by Schiavone if Vince's relationships with Dusty and Dustin potentially hurt Cody's relationship with Vince, Cody said, "I think a lot of folks may assume that. I think he had a great relationship with Dusty and [Goldust]. I think he thought I was the same and that I would like the same things. I am nothing like either of them. I think [Vince] thought I would have the same rapport. But no, I'm a different person."
Cody will take on another former disgruntled WWE star on Aug. 31 at AEW All Out when he faces Shawn Spears (formerly Tye Dillinger in WWE).
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