Part-time stars have their place in WWE, but one current full-time Superstar says he expects that, by the time WWE rolls into New Orleans for next year’s WrestleMania, the card only will have full-timers to do all the heavy lifting.
In an interview with Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan DC, Cody Rhodes said he applauds the company for having stars like The Rock, Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar in pivotal roles at Sunday’s WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey because they are guaranteed draws.
However, he added, it is a personal goal—not only of his, but of other young Superstars as well—to make sure WWE does not feel like it has to bring anyone back to push the product:
[N]ext year, at WrestleMania 30, it's a personal goal – and I know Dolph (Ziggler) is the same way, Wade (Barrett) is probably the same way – that it's not about bringing anyone back. Let these guys go home. They did everything they possibly could, let them go home. They're going to go off into the sunset heroes and having had great matches, but new stars are moving forward. Sports entertainment has to evolve or it won't continue.
Rhodes has a spot on this year’s roster. He and tag team partner Damien Sandow will join the Bella Twins in a mixed tag team match against Brodus Clay, Tensai and the Funkadactyls.
In the interview, Rhodes talks about working with Sandow:
Him and I are not a tag team really. We’re just genuinely friends. We consider ourselves Navy Seals of tag team segments because whenever they’re like, "who could do this match?" "Team Rhodes Scholars!" Cody Rhodes is different, Damien Sandow is different, but Team Rhodes Scholars is this whole ‘nother fun. It’s so different from what I am a fan of and what I typically always wanted to do. Damien is a completely different element. I love working with him.
During the interview, Rhodes also says he expects to someday work with his brother, Dustin “Goldust” Runnels. The two had a brief in-ring encounter earlier this year during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and Goldust has said the only reason he would ever come back to WWE is to have a match against Rhodes.
Rhodes tells Dukes it will happen, but he does not know when or where. But he adds, “There are certain things...I know have to happen while I work for this company, and that’s one of them.”
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