Cody is ready to show the Australian faithful what New Japan Pro Wrestling is all about.
Former Ring Of Honor World Champion, Cody Rhodes, spoke with Triple M, which is an Australian news/radio station. The "American Nightmare" is pumped up to tour along with New Japan to Australia for their string of shows from February 16th-19th.
“If you look at the names; Kazuchika Okada, Jay White, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and myself, it’s amazing that we’re all on the same roster, all part of the same outlet. I don’t know how New Japan has managed to get us all in the one room but it makes for an incredibly good show.”
Although there is a great pool of talent coming from New Japan, Rhodes is excited to see some of the Australian talent who he is excited to share a locker room with.
“It’s a huge opportunity sharing a locker room with some of the absolute best in the world and from what I hear, guys like [Aussie wrestler] Robbie Eagles particularly, they’re going to fit in just fine". Rhodes added. "Wrestling is a language all to itself. You can go anywhere with it and you don’t have to be from that country or speak the language and your music can transcend borders and cultures, wrestling is everywhere. This will give an opportunity for guys like that who want to take their stuff everywhere.”
Cody's Hall Of Fame father, the "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, has been a massive influence on the former WWE Intercontinental Champion's career. Cody says his father initially wanted him to become an actor, but also knew that his son had pro-wrestling in his future.
“He [Dusty Rhodes], until he passed away, wanted me to be an actor, but he also recognized that I loved it [wrestling]. I was just obsessed with it. Because of who he was, it was very easy for me to get into wrestling and get involved with the right people as far as training is concerned. He didn’t want me in it, but he definitely gave me the tools to succeed.”
NJPW is heading down under in three days and stars such as Cody Rhodes is looking to show Aussie fans what he is about in the ring, if they have not been made aware.