Cody Rhodes was the most recent guest on Jerry Lawler's "Dinner With The King" podcast, and talked about how much happier he is now that he has the freedom provided by his contract with Ring Of Honor and New Japan.
"Ring of Honor hates the fact that I genuinely remained a free agent; I did not sign a contract with them. I signed on for various dates, and I have many dates left with them. I really like Ring of Honor. But I'm not going to be exclusive anywhere. I did exclusive.
"This is the happiest I've been in my career. It's been so rewarding to get out there and do my own schedule. I'm very much a happy man. It's a cool time."
Cody, who has been going by just 'Cody' in ROH, New Japan and even TNA, says that he could get custody of the 'Rhodes' name back whenever he wants, he just doesn't want it right now.
"It's a very simple matter of, if I want to ask for my last name, if I want to ask for Cody Rhodes back to perform under it — I perform under it at non-televised events, it's not secret to the fans that's my last name — but when it comes to television, that's WWE's intellectual property. And I am wholeheartedly sure that if I were to ask them to go by Rhodes, they would have no problem. But I don't mind going by just Cody. I think there's something cool about it."
You can listen to the entire interview in the video player at the top of the page.