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Cody Rhodes was interviewed by FOX Sports to discuss his success in Japan and WWE tenure. Rhodes ended his WWE career in 2016, after the conclusion of his tenure having a run as Stardust. The Stardust character was formed following Cody and Goldust experiencing a losing streak after a successful tag team run, and Cody admonishing his brother to find another tag team partner. Goldust would team with a list of people, but would eventually team with his brother again under the Stardust character.

The two turned heel against the Usos, and won the WWE Tag Team Championships again. After dissension between the two, Stardust turned on his brother and commenced a singles career. While Stardust had moments such as teaming with The Ascension as the Cosmic Wasteland, competing in the ladder match at WrestleMania 31 for the Intercontinental Championship, competing against John Cena for the United States Championship, and feuding with Stephen Amell, he never peaked past a midcard level.

Regarding never reaching a main event status, Cody defended WWE by admitting that an opportunity was presented.

“In WWE, you’re always given the opportunity,” said Cody. “They have such a large brand — you’re on the (WWE) Network, you’re on YouTube, you’re on USA Network, you’re on so many platforms. I just think it didn’t feel right. I don’t know what specifically.”

Rhodes expressed to FOX Sports how the Stardust character affected his departure from WWE.

“Maybe I just wasn’t meant to do Stardust as long as I had done it, so it didn’t feel right. I remember putting some concept art together for what I would look like as just Cody Rhodes, as just Cody, the wrestler,” said Cody. “And it really just appealed to me in such a way that if I couldn’t do it in WWE, I thought well, I’ve saved my money, I know a little bit about the game, I’m going to go and do it on my own and see how I do. And it ended up being the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Now, Cody has spent his time competing in the independent circuit, as well as Ring of Honor, New Japan, and briefly Impact Wrestling. He won the Ring of Honor World Championship and held it for six months before losing it to Dalton Castle last December. He explained that he is experiencing a significant level of freedom being able to compete in different promotions.

“It’s total freedom. And I don’t think it’s fear. I don’t think that New Japan and Ring of Honor are afraid of the Bullet Club, they’re aware,” said Rhodes. “Particularly Being the Elite — they’re aware that it’s only a good thing, because it’s a platform for talent to succeed.”

Cody revealed to FOX Sports that the popular “Being the Elite” YouTube series is currently in discussions with a number of companies interested in purchasing the show’s streaming rights. He also explained why the rift in Bullet Club occurred between him and Kenny Omega.

“I’m not capable of being in a group where I’m not the leader. I did it once earlier in my career with Legacy, and that was cool because I was young and green and a rookie in the industry, but now no more,” expressed Cody. “After a world title run you can’t really call someone else your leader. And I think that is this natural tension, that very really exists, because here [Omega] is with this reputation of being the best wrestler in the world and here I am with that mainstream appeal that helped gain a bunch of new fans for the Bullet Club. And the fact that I think Matt likes me more, and Nick likes Kenny, it’s all real. So why not have a match? Why not make it real?”

Cody will be facing Kenny Omega at Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor pay-per-view on April 7th in New Orleans.


Laurel Van Ness spoke with the Orlando Sentinel after confirming her release from Impact Wrestling, earlier this week. Here are some of the highlights:

Leaving Impact Wrestling:

“It’s stressful, it’s crazy, it’s exciting, all at once. … It was a difficult choice to make, and that’s why I’m so split — excited and scared. But it’s going to be a really, really good year for me on the indies, hopefully putting on solid matches and wrestling in more countries.”

Potential of going to WWE:

“I’d be crazy to say no I haven’t [thought about WWE]. It’s always in the back of your mind for any wrestler. It was the only thing in my mind when I started with Tough Enough in 2014. But I’ve grown a little more open and found options I never knew I had before. Now, if WWE calls tomorrow, that would be amazing. If Ring of Honor calls tomorrow, amazing. But now I have options. … I never thought I’d say that. When I first started out wrestling in front of 100 people, I thought, ‘Chelsea, you’re better than this. You should be working in front of thousands!’ But I was crazy. The things I’ve been able to do – main events, cage matches, all kinds of stipulations – the opportunities, they are at an all-time high.”

Bobby Lashley and EC3 finishing up at Impact Wrestling:

“It hit everybody in day 2 or 3 [of the tapings] that when everybody comes back, it won’t be the same feeling. I tried to keep quiet and private [with] what I was going to do, but everybody knew about Bobby and EC3. They made such an impact in the company for years, and to see them go was a little different feeling.”

Laurel Van Ness also discussed the Knockouts Division and traveling the world. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Brandi Rhodes was recently interviewed by owner Raj Giri to talk about joining the cast of WAGS Atlanta. During the interview, she discussed how the current political climate has affected professional wrestling.

 Last month, Rhodes’ husband and current Ring of Honor world champion Cody Rhodes recounted a time where he told a fan to remove the Confederate flag from his profile picture on Twitter, who obliged. Brandi was asked if the business and its fans have gotten better about racism with the current state of politics in America.

“I honestly don’t correlate any of it to the political climate and anything that is happening right now,” she said. “I think people are just going to be people, and racism is a thing. If people have an inclination to be racist then they are going to be, and there is not a whole lot that you can do about it. The very positive moment that was posted on Social Media with Cody being from the South and, you know, in the South, a lot of things that are said where Northerners wouldn’t allow for the things to be said, and things like that. He has a fixation on that flag, and it is something that he will not tolerate. He just happened to say something to the guy about it. The guy came up to him and said that he is a big fan, and Cody said, well, you know, thank you, but it’s time to change that picture. The guy said, you know what? You are absolutely right, and it couldn’t have worked out any better than that. That is wonderful, and I think in that case, it was someone who wasn’t meaning to portray a racist message.

“Some people don’t know why they have pride in something that they do,” she continued. “Maybe it is family upbringing, and different things that they thought was tradition, but then they look at it on the flip side and realize how someone can see how somebody would say that it isn’t a good idea, and they change, or they stick to their guns. Either way, hey, you know, people are free to be who they want to be so you can’t change everybody, but it was nice in that situation that individual had a change of heart.”

As far as racism in wrestling, Rhodes said the business has always been known to push the boundaries of political correctness going all the way back to the Attitude Era. But she said she has never been confronted with outright racism during her time in the business. Her past experiences as a figure skater have shown her what institutional racism really is, and she hasn’t gone through that in wrestling.

“I grew up figure skating, and in figure skating there is only a handful of black people at the time figure skating with me. It was a lot of things that you can see easily. Being put at the very bottom of the list with around 20 girls when I was the only one who didn’t fall, like come on, but in wrestling, it’s not something that I have seen on the surface like that,” she said. “You talk about politically correct and all of that, wrestling has always been known to have an edge to it, so even in the Attitude Era, where people speak so fondly of, there was always that edge to wrestling that we don’t acknowledge now.

“For instance, when I was in college, I was shown in a women’s studies class of a Bra & Panties match where women were barking like dogs and getting on their knees for men, and in that class, it was highly shunned. They were talking about how this was terrible, and how they couldn’t believe it was happening, but at the end of the day it was entertainment and it wasn’t meant to do anything other than that. Wrestling has always been on that edge of a cliff in many areas as far as what is politically correct and not. I guess it all depends on how people view it, but wrestling continues to skyrocket and become so popular. I think every case, as they come, we will have to see, but for me personally I haven’t seen anything personally like I felt during my figure skating days.”

Rhodes will appear on the upcoming season of WAGS Atlanta, which premieres on E! on Wednesday, January 3 at 10 p.m. ET.

During the recent Ring of Honor television tapings, former ROH Tag Team Champions War Machine hinted at a possible exit from the company, and it has since been speculated that the duo of Hanson and Raymond Rowe could possibly be heading to the WWE.

The team of Warbeard Hanson and Raymond Rowe, collectively known as War Machine, are one of the hottest tag teams on the entire planet, best known for their work with Ring of Honor and also New Japan Pro Wrestling, where they have won the IWGP Tag Team Championships on two different occasions.

War Machine has also wrestled for numerous top promotions such as Pro Wrestling NOAH, RPW, Progress Wrestling, PWG, ICW and much more. Hanson and Rowe are also former WCPW, BCW, and VIP Wrestling Tag Team Champions.

During Saturday night’s Ring of Honor tapings, former two-time IWGP Tag Team Champions War Machine were in action against the team of LSG and Shaheem Ali (known as the Coast to Coast) in a match where Hanson and Rowe were on the losing side. However, following their loss to C2C, War Machine decided to bow to the ROH crowd as they made their exit.

On the other hand, Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer also reported back in July that WWE seemed to be interested in signing War Machine and were waiting until Hanson and Rowe’s ROH and NJPW contracts had expired.

Source: Ring of Honor

Brandi Rhodes spoke with Ring of Honor on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Having more to prove in the ring as Cody Rhodes’ wife and initially being known as a ring announcer:

“I absolutely have more to prove than anybody who steps foot in that ring. I’ve had a target on my back since the second I opened my mouth and said that I want to do more. People these days don’t really like that. It’s kind of ‘stay in your role.’ I don’t have a role. I’m not very good at staying in my lane, and I’m not confined to any role or by any rules. So, naturally, there’s always going to be a target on my back. Everybody’s going to look for any mistake they can find whether it’s in the ring or outside the ring. My job is to stay focused on what I’m trying to do. There will be haters along the way and there will be fans along the way. I am definitely very aware that I’m somebody who’s always got a target on them.”

Cody’s initial reaction to Brandi wanting to wrestling:

“His reaction was, ‘I think you should absolutely go for it if this is what you want to do.’ He said I just need to put 100 percent into it because wrestling is one of those things that you can’t do 50 percent. He’s very much been focused on making sure I put forth the same effort I did at the beginning all the way through, making sure there’s no point at which I get lazy or overconfident or don’t want to go in and train. I doubt that will ever happen with me because I’ve always been a student of whatever sport I’m in, but it’s nice to have him there to keep me fully focused.”

Her first attempt at training to wrestle and ring announcing in WWE:

“I was at first, but then I wasn’t. Part of the reason I left the first time is because I was a little down-hearted that I wasn’t getting to wrestle, and I wasn’t getting to announce in a very big role either. After Cody and I got married, that’s when I decided I wanted to go back and I only want to do the wrestling. We tried, and that worked for a while, but then it ended up being a situation where it made the most sense to take the path they were familiar with first to ty to get to the path they were unfamiliar with. So I went back on the road to announce and get in front of them again so that they could think, ‘Oh, yeah, we remember Brandi, we like Brandi. Let’s think about her in these other roles.’ But it turned into, ‘We really like her in this role. We can’t see her in any other role. We don’t even want to hear it.’ So then it was like, ‘We don’t want her training because we can’t have her hurt herself and miss shows. And we don’t want her to mess her face up.’ But sometimes you just have to listen to your heart, and my heart was saying that I need to do more, I’m not happy with this. Life is short. I can’t just do a job I’m not happy with. I’m happy that I made the choice to branch out and take a bit of a risk.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: Pittsburgh City Paper

Mandy Leon spoke with Pittsburgh City Paper on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

What the Ring of Honor locker room is like:

“As far as the locker room goes, we’re mixing with the guys, so it’s Ring of Honor and Women of Honor, and the roster is really a family. I always say that. The talent in that locker room’s relationship is unlike anywhere you’re going to work in this business. When we come here, we’re brothers and sisters. We look out for each other. There’s no negative vibes, and you know that everyone has your back. Everybody is going to support you and is willing to help you and give each other feedback. The women are treated equal in that space, and that’s what’s so great about this roster in general. Even when we hate each other in the ring and are working each other, we still put that aside and support each other when anyone needs help. I don’t know how to describe it other than ‘amazing!'”

Her current favorites in wrestling:

“I enjoy all of the Women of Honor first and foremost. As for other companies, I had the honor of working her, Io Shirai of Stardom, she’s absolutely amazing. I also love Mayu [Iwatani], Kagetsu. They are all amazing and are some of my faves, and we got really close when I was in Japan working them, and it was amazing. WWE-wise, I think right now I’m just thoroughly enjoying all the independent wrestling women who are getting opportunities through the Mae Young Classic. A lot of them are friends, so it’s so cool to see all those faces come in. Main roster-wise, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, but I’m enjoying seeing the independent girls work their way up. But right now my obsession has been Joshi style wrestling.”

Goals for 2018:

“I want to travel a lot more, I want to get into the U.K. scene and go to Mexico, too. I’d like to do as much traveling as I can to really embrace an international name. I want to learn more and grow more, and I’m feeling more confident in the ring after my tour of Japan. I’d love to go back to Japan and see how the relationship with Stardom goes. I just want to travel more and enjoy life and soak up so much knowledge and grow. And a WOH belt would be pretty great too!”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Taeler Hendrix of SHIMMER joined the countless women in speaking out against sexual harassment. In an Instagram post this week, Hendrix admits that she too has been a victimized.

“In my life, I’ve met hundreds of women who have been body shamed, raped, sexually assaulted, &/or sexually harassed. I’m sad to say that I’m one of them. Since a young age I’ve been body shamed, drugged, assaulted & harassed.”

Hendrix, who has previously appeared in WWE and ROH, among other promotions, took to social media to bring to light her own struggles. Sharing a picture of herself and Slinky, she begins her post by informing her followers that her pet is also a registered Emotional Support Animal.

“Anyone that knows or follows me knows my puppy Slinky! What they may not know is that he’s my registered Emotional Support Animal! This rescue dog has rescued me. He’s helped me find my smile. He helps me feel protected. He’s been with me through the worst of things. He saw me through to the point in my life where I’d meet my future husband.”

Hendrix continues, standing up for not only herself, but for others who may not have yet found the courage to share their stories.

“We aren’t toys for your pleasure. WE DON’T Want IT & we certainly aren’t the create-a-player function in a video game. Measure us by our heart & gumption. We’re moms, daughters, sisters. I didn’t ask for my body! My body was God given & I’m pretty sure He didn’t give you permission to abuse his creations. I’ll NEVER be taken [advantage] of EVER again. I’m worth more than a paycheck, a job opportunity, etc…I’ll speak up for others who may think they can’t because at one point, I felt like I had no voice either.”

She ends her brave note with a powerful message to those who have also faced victimization.

“Believe that YOU matter. It’s not YOUR fault. It’s time for a change. Make a choice. Be a voice. #MeToo”


Anyone that knows or follows me knows my puppy Slinky! What they may not know is that he's my registered Emotional Support Animal! This rescue dog rescued me. He's helped me find my smile. He helps me feel protected. He's been with me through the worst of things. He saw me through to the point in my life where I'd meet my future husband. In my life, I've met hundreds of women who have been body shamed, raped, sexually assaulted, &/or sexually harassed. I'm sad to say that I'm one of them. Since a young age I've been body shamed, drugged, assaulted & harassed. My ESA Slinky helps me to smile & live every day & see the beauty in a life well lived knowing that I didn't ask for it, I didn't want it, it didn't matter what I looked like, what I wore, who I smile at, what I do for a living, what character I play on TV. None of that is an excuse for such revolting actions against myself, my colleagues, my sister's, my friends, my mentors… stop measuring us by our breast sizes, pants sizes, shoe sizes, ass sizes. We aren't toys for your pleasure. WE DON'T WANT IT & we certainly aren't the create a player function in a video game. Measure us by our heart & gumption. We're moms, daughters, sisters.. I didn't ask for my body! My body was God given & I'm pretty sure He didnt give you permission to abuse his creations. I'll NEVER be taken of EVER again. I'm worth more than a paycheck, job opportunity, etc… I'll speak up for others who may think they can't because at one point, I felt like I had no voice either. My husband & my puppy love me for me. Love pushes forward to a new day. Guts to come forward led to lost friends, jobs, & more. No regrets! Gumption to stand my ground. I've never gone back! Don't underestimate your power. Don't underestimate your voice. Don't underestimate the unconditional love of your emotional support animals. Thank you Slinkers, & to my husband Cory. You both fuel my smile & my positivity to stand tall & fight for a world I believe in. A Dachshund really does make a difference! Unconditional love/acceptance of yourself is an undeniable power. Believe that YOU matter. It's not YOUR fault. Its time for a change. Make a choice. Be a voice. #MeToo

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