Cody Rhodes says he has no incentive to return to WWE, even if there's a "land of opportunity."
In 2016, Cody Rhodes left WWE before the brand split. At the time, he was wearing face paint, going by "Stardust", and not exactly loving it. On a media conference call, Cody told Fightful.com said if he had stuck around after the brand split he would have attempted to drop the face paint.
"I think I would be sitting in Road Dogg's office on Tuesdays, pouring my heart out to him, telling him why I should be Cody Rhodes. I think he probably would agree with me. With him leading the charge with Smackdown Live, he's done such a great job with guys who really want it. He's done such a great job with guys and girls illuminating their strengths and staying away from their weaknesses. He might have found a spot for me," said Rhodes.
Rhodes admitted those above Road Dogg on the "chain of command" may have not been into Cody Rhodes over Stardust, but Rhodes said he has not put much thought into what his life would be like in WWE. Since leaving WWE, Rhodes has wrestled for Impact Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and became Ring of Honor World Champion, in addition to working dates for EVOLVE. According to Rhodes, his post-WWE career has been more lucrative in more than one way.
"There's currently not necessarily incentive to (return to WWE), because this has been so lucrative for the soul. It's been so damn fun. This has been so damn eye-opening. It feels likes being part of a revolution," said Rhodes. " I hope this gives hope to those that haven't had that opportunity in WWE. It's also been more financially lucrative," he added.
Earlier in the call, Rhodes stated he would not be experiencing success without the fame he gained in WWE. He also cited a few times his father's name opened doors for him in independent wrestling.
The rest of the conference call is available on Fightful.com.