ROH World Champion Cody Rhodes spoke to International Business Times about a variety of subjects. You can check out highlights below and the full article at this link.
His success outside WWE:
"There's that saying, 'Act like you've been in the end zone before,' but I hadn't been in the end zone before. So it's very surprising. It's been one hell of a ride, and I'm aware that it's kind of an abnormal amount of success outside of WWE. Winning the Ring of Honor World Title in less than a year and to headline those G1 Specials. I know my business, so I know that could fall out at any minute. There could be no one wanting to interview me. But right now, I'm trying to make it so that every day we get something special, and as ROH World Champion, I have the responsibility of captaining an entire ship. I'm looking forward to the possibilities there."
NJPW G1 Special and being a star:
"Today you gotta be a much better player than just a bad guy or a good guy. You gotta be a star. Those are the things my dad really harped on. Heel, babyface. He didn't believe in it anymore. He just believed you're a star or you're on your way to being a star. And I had his voice in my head because I remember that fan rattled me a bit, and I tripped on my damn cape and I was like 'Shake it off. Shake it off. You're world champion. He's the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Just go for it.' And it was a real fun night."
Fellow Bullet Club member Kenny Omega:
"Kenny currently has the distinction of being the best wrestler in the world, and his run is proving tons of evidence to support that. For a singles wrestler like myself, who's the world champion, it pisses you off a little bit. But you can be pissed off and go about it the wrong way, or you can go about it the right way. And I try to go about this the right way. Kenny and I are Bullet Club, and I want to outperform him, which is a tall, tall order. But if I never go out there to give it a shot, then I'm not Bullet Club material in the first place. I think it's the same with the Bucks. I think they love Kenny to death, but the concept of The Elite is not just a concept, it's very real. Those three guys have each other's backs, but if the Bucks go on last, they want to blow Kenny out of the water. They want to blow me out of the water. It's not a negative at all. It's a positive. It's just a really fun, competitive environment in Bullet Club."
You can read Rhodes' full interview at this link, and see our conference call with him above.