Since leaving the WWE earlier this year, Cody Rhodes has been quite vocal about his professional wrestling career. He has openly discussed what lies ahead of him in the ring. In a recent interview with Colt Cabana’s The Art of Wrestling podcast, Rhodes indicated when he plans to walk away from the world of wrestling.
“I used to always say, ‘I’m done at 40. Like, that will be it. I will never wrestle again after 40.’ Yeah, I’m feeling I still will stick to that. Yeah, I don’t know why. That’s just the number I have in my mind. Yeah, the number is a real thing. The reason I have the number is I grew up around old wrestlers and it was really cool to see the people respected and loved them for the nostalgia it brought; however, it was also not cool to see them old and having to hurt themselves and I don’t want that life. They get older, but only in this wacky world is it that they’re still booked and I get why. I get it. The nostalgia, but if I was running an independent show or running a brand of my own, I definitely, if I had any of the legends in, there wouldn’t be any physicality.”
This would put just under nine more years of wrestling for Rhodes left in his career. With the WWE now longer a viable option for him, he will likely spend that time on the independent circuit. He has wrestled and made appearances on various programs across the United States and even in England.
Rhodes isn’t alone in this belief as the professional wrestling industry is quite a physically beating industry. It has often become the case when superstars suffer life-altering injuries that make the everyday living hard to get through. The bottom line here is that Rhodes values his life after wrestling and leaving at that age will allow him to live it comfortably.