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Cody Rhodes Doesn’t See WWE Return

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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.”

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Cody Rhodes Provides Update on Knee Injury

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IWGP United States Champion Cody Rhodes announced that he recently suffered a knee injury during a Ring of Honor show that took place in Buffalo, New York, describing hearing a “pop” in his knee when working his way through the crowd.

Rhodes has announced that he has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled IWGP United States Title defense against Beretta and has since provided an update regarding the severity of his knee injury, via his Twitter account.

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Madison Rayne Discusses Deciding on Ring of Honor Over WWE

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Pro wrestling veteran Madison Rayne finally found her way to a WWE ring over this past summer when she competed as Ashley Rayne during WWE’s Mae Young Classic II tournament, losing in the first round to Mercedes Martinez.

It was thought that WWE would land Rayne, the former Impact Knockouts Champion, shortly after her appearance, but she opted instead to sign with Ring of Honor.

“Conversations between WWE and myself were always positive,” Rayne said, during an appearance on CBS Local Sports: Pittsburgh. “I always got great feedback on everything I did, from the tryout a year ago to just recently doing Mae Young. This past year has been the first and only time that I’ve ever worked in any capacity with WWE. So, that was really exciting this many years into my career, to finally have been able to do that.”

“It’s about trying to figure out what was going to be best for me and which company I would flourish the best in. I felt that Ring of Honor was my best option, and that is not saying that WWE offered me something and I said no, I just feel like I was always very honest and upfront about the fact that Columbus was my home and Columbus would remain my home. I understand that they have a system that they put their talent through, regardless of whether you’ve never taken one bump, or you’ve been wrestling for many years, and that system starts in Orlando. While wrestling is still very, very important to me, being a mother and being a wife, those two things are greatly more important.”

Rayne ultimately told WWE that she wasn’t willing to relocate.

“There was never that definitive conversation, but just given the fact that I knew and I never wanted there to be any gray area in my communication with WWE, and I made it clear that I could and would not be willing to relocate, I think that probably kind of settled the question there as far as whether or not a contract with WWE was going to be in my future.”

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Doug Williams Announces Retirement

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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?”

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