In a recent interview with AP News to promote this weekend’s WrestleMania, WWE RAW superstar Cody Rhodes discussed several topics, including why his return to the WWE was a bigger gamble than the All In pay-per-view, his father’s fingerprints being on this year’s WrestleMania and more.

Highlights of the interview are below:

On why his WWE return was a bigger gamble than the All In pay-per-view: “When I left my former gig to come back to WWE, it was a far bigger gamble than “All In” ever was, that’s why I get these “All In” vibes when I think about WrestleMania, because I certainly could have been the laughing stock of the industry, and going into the biggest event ever involved in the wrestling ring from any measurable standpoint is one part of life being great, blessed and lucky. The other part is I have my family, in terms of Brandi and Liberty, for them to come to this and experience this, knowing that it wasn’t a life wasted. Every sacrifice I’ve made, early morning gym trip, times I wasn’t able to be home, or won’t be able to be home, it’s not a life wasted in what we do and that makes this run just all the sweetest.”

On his father’s fingerprints being all over this year’s WrestleMania: “When he passed away, Dusty’s Kids was something that I heard a lot, because his influence and legacy were being spread out, that was a statistic being touted, Bayley, Sasha, Becky, Seth, Roman, Sami, Kevin, the core ones were all doing better than I was, it wasn’t something I could complain about, or throw a tantrum over, because they were honoring him, it almost felt like they were honoring him more than I was and there’s jealousy and envy that comes with it, but that’s why in these interviews, even on nights I don’t want to say his name or talk about him, you hear it nonetheless, because his fingerprints are all over WrestleMania. Every one of those people I just named, for the most part, is doing something spectacular, you want to add yourself to that list and you almost can’t function if you don’t. I feel like that’s slightly weaponized in a sense by Roman towards me, I wasn’t adjusted and ready for it, I’m ready for it now.”

The full interview is available at this link.