Cody Rhodes recently departed the WWE on his own terms after not being happy with the direction his career was going in, leading to many independent matches on his upcoming calendar. While he departed after WrestleMania 32, there was a time where he could have departed four years earlier after WrestleMania XXVIII -- as his dad, Dusty Rhodes advised him to leave. Speaking on the Wrestledelphia podcast, Rhodes revealed:
"I know he would have supported it because he told me to ask for my release after WrestleMania XXVIII. I waited until WrestleMania 32 to take his advice.
At 28, I recalled particularly, he was unhappy with the direction things were going with me and Big Show, and he just thought that I was so close to the keys to the kingdom, and they were slipping away, that maybe leaving would wake them to the idea that this is somebody who wanted to captain your ship and the way you guys are treating him has pushed him out. But it seemed at the time like kind of a leopard’s play, so it just didn’t interest me.
I wanted to stick it out, and I always tried to not take Pop’s advice, because he’s my dad, so the advice always came from that part of his heart, not the businessman part of his mind, but his heart, and actually at the end of my WWE career, he was right that I should have made that decision maybe a little sooner."
It's a shame WWE didn't realize the potential Cody had but with him on the independent scene, he could make them crawl back to him, offering a lucrative contract and a better career path than his first WWE run.
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