Cody Rhodes: I Believe I'm The Best Wrestler In The World
Cody Rhodes bet on himself during his six years away from WWE
When Cody Rhodes departed WWE in 2016 he set out to prove that he was one of the best wrestlers in the world, with his runs in ROH, NJPW, and AEW cementing Rhodes as one of the top talents in the industry.
Now back in WWE, Rhodes believes he is the best wrestler on the planet, saying as much when he detailed his journey back to WWE in an interview with Variety:
“I told Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard and Nick Khan — this very small circle of individuals — I told them what I truly believe and it’s that I’m the best wrestler in the world. And to go further with it, I actually don’t think there’s a close second. But with that said, the opportunity now exists to prove it, and that’s what I’m most excited about.
“It’s a completely different individual returning to the game. It’s a different brand. It’s someone who’s experienced all the wonders of independent wrestling, of traveling internationally, of being able to get on the ground with the fans that make this whole ship move. But different person or not, I’m still that little kid that I mentioned in an AEW promo that wants what my dad didn’t get, and I’m not going to say it out loud because I don’t want to jinx it. But, you know, he went to Madison Square Garden, stood across from Superstar Billy Graham and he held it in his hands, the goal of mine, and it was taken away because that was the context of the match. I understand that now as an adult, but as a kid, that was the only reason I ever wanted to get in, so that I could get what he didn’t get,” said Rhodes.