Cody explains why the TNT Championship is so important to him



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Cody explains why the TNT Championship is so important to him

During his long stay in WWE, Cody has won the Intercontinental Championship twice, three times the WWE Tag Team Championship (twice with Goldust and once with Drew McIntyre) and three times the World Tag Team Championship (twice with Ted DiBiase Jr.

and once with Hardcore Holly). Following his departure from WWE, Rhodes began wrestling on the independent circuit, also making several appearances in Total Nonstop Action (TNA). In the time frame spanning from early 2016 to early 2017, he competed at WWE's WrestleMania, Ring of Honor (ROH)'s Final Battle and the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) Wrestle Kingdom events as well as appearing for TNA at Bound for Glory.

In September 2017, Rhodes wrestled in ROH, where he became a one-time ROH World Champion, one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion (due to ROH's partnership with the National Wrestling Alliance), one-time IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion and a one-time ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion (with The Young Bucks)—at one point holding the NWA World, IWGP U.S., and ROH Six-Man titles simultaneously.

During a new interview with Tony Schiavone, he explained why the TNT Championship is so important to him: “I love all those stats [of his career accomplishments], but they — they’re almost like tenure stats.

Just cumulative, ‘look at his game after he’s gone’ type stats, versus here and now. And here and now is the TNT Championship. So when you’re a second-generation, third generation, whatever and you join this, you’re almost always set with the standards that were laid before you.

Well, my standards are pretty lofty. You know, Dusty was a three-time World Champion, and started everybody and their mother when it comes to giving them their debuts and their breaks. I mean, he really had a significant chunk of wrestling’s total legacy.

I don’t do this to be anything other than the greatest. Anything other than the absolute best. That sounds ridiculous, but I really still believe in dreams. And you get better every day. Every day since I started, which is really 15 years old since I started, I’ve tried to be a better wrestler the next day”.