Though he was instrumental in starting AEW, Cody Rhodes wants his legacy to be more than founding that company.
Cody Rhodes shocked the world when he announced that he was leaving AEW in February of 2022 as he was one of the founding members of the company. Fast forward to WrestleMania 38, and the American Nightmare – complete with his theme music – made a return to WWE as Vince McMahon’s hand-picked opponent for Seth Rollins.
Speaking to Justin Barasso of Sport Illustrated, Cody Rhodes says that while he’s proud of helping to start AEW, he doesn’t want his entire legacy to rest on that fact.
“I don’t want my wrestling legacy solely to be that I helped start an alternative wrestling company. I’m really proud of that and I want it to be part of my legacy, but what I’ve always wanted is what I’m after right now. I’m getting a second chance at that, and that is my entire focus. I want to do this for my whole family. My wife, my daughter, my sister Teil, my mom. If I can’t hand this title to my dad, it would be wonderful to hand it to my mom.”
Cody Rhodes recently spoke about why it’s important to him to win the WWE Title, and continuing his interview with Justin Barasso, he made his feelings known on current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
“Roman Reigns and I, we haven’t had any interactions yet. We haven’t crossed paths in the ring. I’ve seen enough to know he is incredible, and even better when you see him up close. So this isn’t the easiest path I’ve chosen. But I know I can do this.
“I think I’m the best wrestler in the world. And I think it’s by a large margin. That upsets a lot of people, but I don’t mean it to draw ire. This is all I do. I’m not in charge. I’m here to hone my craft, build my body, and win matches. Every week, I have to be better. That’s the ultimate clarity for me.”
Despite thinking he’s the best wrestler in the world, Cody Rhodes doesn’t think he can officially declare that he’s better than Roman Reigns until the two face off in the ring.
“I can’t answer that question until we’re in the ring. The difference between the two best wrestlers in the world is that one has both titles to prove it. The WWE championship is the biggest title in the game. That’s never been in dispute, and that’s not a knock on any title anywhere else. The way to define the best in the world is the one holding the belt, and that’s Roman Reigns.”
Cody Rhodes is currently set to face Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell on June 5th.