Cody Rhodes takes on Christopher Daniels tonight for the Ring of Honor World Championship at ROH Best in the World.
Cody made some recent comments about the "talent boom" in wrestling all over the world and that being one of the reasons he has no plans to return to WWE.
"It is bountiful, man, the amount of talent there and just the amount of ways to watch it and the competition that exists between us," Cody told Crave Online. "It's just a hell of a time. The level of competition in the world of wrestling outside the WWE is absolutely the highest. Take a look at Christopher Daniels. Take a look at Okada, those are main eventers anywhere they want to be. When it comes to the independence, the competition is so high. Pete Dunne comes to mind. This was before he had his WWE UK Championship. There are guys like that everywhere. That's the beauty of this period. People keep waiting for 96 and 97 and not realizing that you're in the middle of a boom. It's happening now because wrestling is accessible. It's not difficult to find what you want. If you don't like WWE, you can turn on New Japan World. If you like WWE, you have the WWE Network. If you want to watch ROH, you watch the PPV. It's all there."
In a separate interview with Channel Guide Magazine, Cody continued the same train of thought, which led him to a place where he says there's "no incentive" for him to return to WWE, the company where he got his start.
"I don't want to sound negative but being part of history right now and this new era and new boom. I didn't get that while in WWE. So currently there is no incentive for me to return to WWE. I'm making more money than I was with WWE. I've been in some unbelievable matchups. Two are coming up. I love WWE. Just currently there is no incentive. There are some things I would love to be a part of. I would love to be part of the Dusty tag team tournament. At the same time, I don't think I'm playing a revenge song here. I don't think I'm ready to move out of the spot of where I'm at."
Since leaving the WWE, Cody has wrestled all over the world, performing not just with ROH, but also with TNA Impact, WCPW, and NJPW, where he joined the infamous "Bullet Club."
"Bullet Club has become even more worldwide," Cody said in his interview with Channel Guide. "It was already worldwide with Finn (Bálor) and AJ Styles, Bullet Club OG's Karl Anderson and Gallows. They set the playing field. Now to walk out on it and it really is worldwide. The addition of Marty Scurll is very significant. I don't know if people are giving him the credit they should. He represents an entirely different demographic."
At the bottom of the page, as an added treat, you can see a full match between Cody the aforementioned Marty Scurll, back before they became ammunition-themed stablemates. Scurll has a title match of his own tonight, a chance to reclaim his Television Title from Japanese phenom KUSHIDA.
Ring of Honor Best in the World is tonight at 9 est on PPV and Fite TV, and Fightful will have full live coverage.