The biggest star on the indie scene is arguably Cody Rhodes, whose WWE lineage has helped catapult him as one of the biggest draws on the market.
And while Rhodes left WWE on good terms, he doesn’t necessarily think a return to the company is in the cards when accessing his immediate future.
“It’s always safe to say never say never. But … no” Rhodes said in an interview with NOLA.com.
“Only because we’ve taken on such a project with All In. Wrestling is currently going through a revolution. It’s less about the brand and more about the talent and their fans. That’s my focus. I don’t think I really could belong anywhere ever again. I make Ring of Honor my home team these days, but I still play my music how I want to play it. I had a great time in WWE. I had multiple singles matches at WrestleMania.
“Met my wife there. It was a really wonderful place to grow up. It’s the house that built me. But also, it’s where I learned the fundamentals of this industry, which have led me to seek it outside WWE. The wrestling that I love the most doesn’t happen there. It’s not a knock on them. It’s just the wrestling that I love the most, is out there in the world. And that’s where I tend to be these days.”
Rhodes also discussed his feud with Kenny Omega.
“I spend more time with those guys. I put in way more work than Kenny, who has the reputation of having some of the best matches in the world, but that’s a lot easier to do when you barely ever wrestle. The issue has been Kenny not going quietly into the night. We thought it would be easy for me to beat up Kenny Omega with Crossroads and leave him lying, and I would be the leader of the Bullet Club. But Kenny is not giving up the position, the title easily.”
Doug Williams Announces Retirement
Doug Williams, the legendary British wrestler who has had a brilliant 25-year career, lost a career ending match to Trent Seven for the Atlas Championship at Progress’ Hello Wembley show on Sunday.
“It was more their decision than mine,” Williams said, during an interview with SportBible last week.
“They approached me with doing a different kind of storyline, which was a disgruntled veteran that was bitter about the new guys taking over. But I switched it on them and said I’m thinking about retiring next year anyway, why don’t we do a storyline that could culminate in that possibly happening?”
It’s late, I’m tired, I’m sore. It’s been a hell of a night. Tomorrow I will post my feelings and thoughts on what might happen now. But for tonight THANK YOU EVERYBODY!!
— Doug Williams (@DougWilliamsUK) September 30, 2018
Punishment Martinez Leaves ROH, WWE Bound
Ring of Honor’s Punishment Martinez is believed to be heading to WWE after his final appearance at Death Before Dishonor Friday night, where he made his goodbyes.
Martinez lost the Ring of Honor Television title to Jeff Cobb.
Madison Rayne Signs One-Year Deal With ROH
Madison Rayne has joined Ring of Honor, signing a one-year deal with the promotion.
Rayne announced the new deal during her appearance on The Taz Show, one week following her exit from WWE’s Mae Young Classic, in a match she lost to Mercedes Martinez during the first round of the tournament.
Let me preface this by saying that 2018 has been possibly my biggest year in wrestling, in 13 years, that’s saying a lot” Rayne said.
“It’s been very unexpected. A year and a half ago I wasn’t sure I was going to keep wrestling, or what my professional career looked like.
“I’ve been able to work every big promotion. I got to do All In, and I’m very humbled by all of those experiences. In doing that and having all of those opportunities, I was really give a chance to be able to get in there and see what was going to be best for me, my career, for my family and what made the most sense.
“After a really successful year of being kind of a wrestling nomad, I have found my home and I am so, so happy to announce that I have signed a one-year contract with Ring of Honor.”
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