The Story of Cody Rhodes

THE STORY AND CAREER OF CODY RHODES

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Article written by Dylan Devine (7/26/20)

In today’s article I will be discussing the story and career of Cody Rhodes.

Humble beginnings in OVW

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Cody Rhodes is the son of wrestling legend, Dusty Rhodes. Cody grew up a big wrestling fan and grew up around the business as his father was one of the most popular wrestlers of his time. Becoming a wrestler just made sense for Cody, so that is the career path he pursued. Cody was signed to OVW in 2006 as a developmental talent and was in the company until 2007. Rhodes won the OVW heavyweight championship and television championship once, and won the tag team titles twice alongside then partner Shawn Spears.

WWE debut

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Rhodes made his WWE debut alongside his father Dusty on the July 2nd, 2007 edition of Monday Night Raw during a backstage segment with Randy Orton. Orton slapped Dusty across the face which began a feud between Orton and Cody. The following week Rhodes would have his first televised match against Orton. After this feud Rhodes would go on to team up with Hardcore Holly and would become a tag team wrestler. Rhodes and Holly went on to win the tag team titles once.

Legacy with Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase Jr.

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Rhodes ended up becoming apart of a new faction called “Legacy” in 2008 alongside Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase Jr. Legacy went on to feud with Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Batista in 2009 which led to Orton feuding with Triple H for most of 2009. Rhodes and DiBiase were apart of the final four competitors in the 2009 Royal Rumble match and helped Orton secure the win to face Triple H for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 25. After WrestleMania Rhodes and DiBiase would mainly feud with the returning D-Generation X as Orton was still feuding with Triple H. At the 2010 Royal Rumble Orton lashed out on Rhodes and DiBiase which led to a triple threat match between the three of them at WrestleMania 26. Orton won that match and this was officially the end of the Legacy faction.

Dashing Cody Rhodes

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After Legacy was broken up Rhodes began becoming a singles competitor and debuted the “Dashing” Cody Rhodes gimmick. This began with weekly videos on SmackDown of Rhodes talking about himself and claiming to be the best looking wrestler in the WWE. At Night of Champions 2010 Rhodes teamed with Drew McIntyre and won the Tag Team Championships. This didn’t last long as they would ultimately lose the titles to John Cena and David Otunga and broke up in October of 2010.

Undashing Cody Rhodes

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On the January 21st, 2011 edition of Friday Night Smackdown Rhodes faced off against Rey Mysterio. Mysterio ended up accidentally breaking Rhodes nose in the match which led to the end of the dashing Cody Rhodes gimmick as he would need facial reconstructive surgery. He was off TV for many weeks and returned with a clear protective mask. During his promos he would also bring out paper bags with faces drawn on them to hand out to the crowd as he demanded them to wear them to cover their “ugliness” as it offended him. At WrestleMania 27 Rhodes had his first mania singles match where he wrestled Rey Mysterio. After his feud with Mysterio he would end up winning his first singles title winning the Intercontinental Championship against Ezekiel Jackson. Rhodes even ended up debuting a new design for the title which was a throwback to the 1980’s design. Rhodes went on to hold the IC title for nearly 8 months but ultimately lost the title to the Big Show at WrestleMania 28.

Team Rhodes Scholars

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The next venture in Cody’s career was becoming a tag team wrestler again. Rhodes formed a tag team alongside Damien Sandow called “The Rhodes Scholars”. The tag team actually became pretty over with the crowd when Rhodes grew out a mustache which for some reason got him a good reaction from the fans. They eventually ended their partnership in 2012. Rhodes went on to be a singles star for the beginning of 2013 but was still “best friends” with Sandow. Rhodes was actually really over with the crowd and fans were lobbying for him to win the 2013 World Heavyweight Championship MITB ladder match. This matched rolled around and Sandow ended up winning the match after turning on Rhodes by pushing him off the ladder as he was just about to secure the briefcase. Rhodes and Sandow feuded for a bit and Rhodes was one of the most popular babyface’s in the company at the time.

The Brotherhood

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After moving around the upper/lower mid-card for a bit in 2013, Rhodes ended up forming a new tag team alongside his brother, Goldust. They would be known as “The Broherhood”. The two went on to have some fantastic tag matches and storylines with the likes of the Uso’s, the Shield, and even had a main event feud with the Authority which was very popular that year. Rhodes and Goldust captured the Tag Team Championships once and when they won they got one of the loudest crowd reactions of the year. They ended up dropping the tag team titles to the New Age Outlaws. After losing the titles Rhodes went on to tell his brother to find a better tag team partner and wasn’t on TV for some time.

Stardust and his departure from the WWE

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In June of 2016 Rhodes would return as “Stardust” which was a character that dressed and acted very similar to his brother Goldust. Stardust would team with Goldust for some time but ended up turning on him. He later began a feud with actor Stephen Amell which did not really go over well with fans. At SummerSlam 2015 Stardust teamed with Wade Barrett and was defeated by Amell and Neville. His feud with Amell was the most notable thing that occurred during this gimmick, which was very upsetting. Rhodes was one of the best wrestlers and workers in the company and was not being treated as that. On May 21st, 2016 he announced on twitter that he requested his release from the WWE. His request was granted the following day. The reason Rhodes wanted out of the WWE was basically because he was very frustrated with the company and creative team and was over the Stardust character but they refused to end it. Little did wrestling fans know that Rhodes leaving the WWE would change wrestling forever.

“The American Nightmare” Cody

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After leaving the WWE Rhodes posted on twitter a list of wrestlers he wanted to face off against. He would go on to wrestle a majority of the guys on his list in multiple different companies. He joined the Bullet Club for some time and formed a strong friendship with the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Hangman Adam Page. During his time in the indies Rhodes put on some of the best matches of his career and won multiple different titles. Cody was apart of creating a one time wrestling event named “All In” which took place in front of a sold out crowd in Chicago in 2018. Little did fans know that this would be the beginning of a new wrestling company called All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

AEW beginning

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On January 1st, 2019 at a press conference in Jacksonville, Florida it was announced to the world that AEW was happening. Fans would have a new wrestling company to tune into and enjoy. Cody alongside the Young Bucks serves as Executive Vice Presidents and are also wrestlers for the company. They eventually would end up getting a TV deal with TNT.

2019-now

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A few months after AEW was announced in Jacksonville, they would put on their first PPV called “Double or Nothing”. Cody wrestled his brother Dustin Rhodes *formerly known as Goldust* in one of the best matches of 2019 and one of my personal favorites ever. Rhodes went on to feud for the AEW World Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho. Rhodes would ultimately end up losing to Jericho after MJF turned on him. Rhodes went on to be apart of some great matches against the likes of the Young Bucks, MJF, Darby Allin, and Shawn Spears. AEW would later announce a tournament for the newly announced TNT Championship. Rhodes won this tournament and became the first ever TNT champion and has held the title for the past two months. Cody has one of the most unique stories ever. He has changed the wrestling business for ever and has become one of the most popular wrestlers in the world.

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