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Cody Rhodes on Not Using the ‘Rhodes’ Name, Wrestling for ROH, His Father’s Passing

Former WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes was recently interviewed by USA Today to promote his Ring Of Honor debut at Final Battle. You can check out the highlights here:

On his father’s passing:

“I don’t know if it’s true, but it feels true to me, there is just this really strong connection when I’m in the ring. If I was to go where we scattered my dad’s ashes, I would feel him less than I do when I’m in a wrestling ring. I lay my face into the mat and stay there for a while. It’s emotional to me. I know some fans are probably saying, ‘Dude, get over it,’ but it’s not their dad, I know you can’t make an entire career out of this story. But for me, now, it’s still the grieving process. It’s been 17 months. It was a complete surprise. I wasn’t ready for it — I don’t think anybody is ready for it — but I really wasn’t. It fell into my lap and came along.”

On wrestling for Ring Of Honor:

“I’ve talked to Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro — my friends who are Honor alumni about what to expect. I’m very, very excited. People don’t understand: I’ve been to Wrestlemania; I’ve had a few singles matches at Wrestlemania, but this is a whole new thing for me. This is the biggest thing I’ve done to date. There’s a lot of new eyes for Ring of Honor and a lot of eyes from Ring of Honor that don’t know what to expect from me. This is my opportunity to stand out.”

On not using the ‘Rhodes’ name:

“It’s an ongoing situation. I like going by my first name sometimes because it’s so silly. They know what last name is. They know where I came from, It’s silly that in the same period that (WWE will) promote a tag team tournament in honor of my dad, that you disallow me to use my last name. But please, please let me say, I’m not mad at anybody and it will work itself out without any type of lawsuit. It will take some time. But in the meantime, I’ll use the one thing they can’t take from me and that’s Cody.”

  • Solid

    Well Cody is his birth name so they couldn’t stop him from using that, I would think any court wouldn’t let WWE get away with that if they would go after him for it, Cody Rhodes on the other hand is no ones legal name, only a “WWE Character” so theoretically WWE can do/trademark whatever they want.

    It wouldn’t surprise me though If Vince has trademarked a tonne of names including Cody/Dusty/Dustin Rhodes (and I’m sure a majority of the rest of the current and former rosters names who blindly signed contracts) though just to keep a hold of the “character” and to as you said have hem over a barrel and make life more difficult if they go elsewhere.

  • D2K

    Dusty must never have trademarked the “Rhodes” name. But still, I don’t see how they can trademark a “last name.’ I can see how they could trademark “Dusty Rhodes” or “Dustin Rhodes” or “Cody Rhodes” because those were all characters performing under the WWE umbrella. However there has never been a character just named “Rhodes” so one would think that they would not have that alone trademark.

    Then again, out of spite Vince probably trademarks everything and everyone he can and if people aren’t savvy enough to read the fine print in their contracts he can easily have them over a barrel.

  • Solid

    Rhodes is just a ring name, the family name is Runnels so WWE has probably trademarked the Rhodes name.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    How could they stop him, from using his own name?!