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Cody Rhodes Admits It Was Wrong To Rule Out Winning AEW World Title

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Cody Rhodes has claimed that boxing himself out of winning the AEW World Championship was “not the correct decision” as he got caught between wrestling and being in the office.

Since returning to WWE at WrestleMania 38, Cody Rhodes has opened up about his time in AEW. Rhodes was one of the founding members of the promotion and one of four Executive Vice Presidents up until his departure.

Speaking after his triumphant return to WWE, Rhodes admitted that he doesn’t want to hold a management position again, conceding that he perhaps wasn’t mature enough to be effective. Something he has now reiterated during an appearance on the Out of Character podcast with Ryan Satin.

Looking back on trying to juggle wrestling and acting as part of the management team, Rhodes said that it’s something which may have come too early in his career. The American Nightmare added that taking himself out of contention to become AEW World Champion was the wrong decision.

Rhodes challenged Chris Jericho for the World Championship at Full Gear in 2019, with the caveat that if he didn’t win, he wouldn’t challenge for the belt again.

“Immature enough is what I said in the moment and I think more I meant, that role, I did well with it and I was very active and I did start the community department and Brandi did bring Kulture City into the wrestling and sports entertainment space. We were very active in terms of all the facts and assets of that gig, but I think that job was meant maybe for…we wanted a wrestling company brought to you by wrestlers, for sure, that was a huge part of the mission, but maybe it would have been better served for me at age 45 than it did at age 33.

I am just now entering the prime of my career. To make political decisions like boxing myself out of winning a World Championship, those decisions, in hindsight, were not the correct decisions in what I should have been doing. I’m the best wrestler in the world, I can tell you that without it sounding braggadocios, simply because it’s all I do. I train to do it, I live and breathe it, I have a school here with four rings, I treat this like an athlete in the NFL would treat a game,”

Continuing on, Rhodes said that in trying to excel at both roles he found himself in, he created a situation where he was stuck in the middle. He wanted to stake his claim as the best wrestler in the world, but was wary of doing so, for fear of upsetting the locker room.

With that in mind, I needed to go and be that, and I wanted to be both. It was too difficult and that’s where I didn’t have the maturity to balance it. It wasn’t a matter of being one of the boys vs. not because I’m no longer just one of the boys, I love it and wish I could be one, but I’ve been in this position before and been on the other side and in the production meetings and part of the technical production, but I think it would have served me better later in life when I could look at a show and be like, ‘I don’t want to be in the top spot.’

You need that good competition in your locker room, that positive and real competition, if I can’t be the best wrestler in the world on television because I’m afraid I’m going to offend colleagues because I’m also their boss, that was the situation we were in, and I just played it in the middle. There was only so much of playing it in the middle I could do and now I’m not in charge of anything, other than me and being a pro wrestler.

I say I’m the best wrestler in the world, I felt like it for years, now we’re in a situation where I do have to be careful of how I say it because I’m not carrying the belt.”

Since returning to WWE, Cody Rhodes has been wrapped up in a rivalry with Seth Rollins. After the former AEW star defeated Rollins at WrestleMania, it has been confirmed that the pair will meet again at WrestleMania Backlash.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.