Cody Rhodes was born Cody Garrett Runnels in June of 1985, and he is the youngest son of one of pro wrestling's all-time greats in Dusty Rhodes. Out of the blue, Rhodes took to Twitter a couple of weeks ago and asked for his release from the WWE. The very next day, the WWE responded and granted his release. Rhodes would make a lengthy statement on Twitter a few days after citing his displeasure with the creative process ignoring his suggestions. One message he made very clear was that he was not done with wrestling, because he's a wrestler, and that is what he'll do: Wrestle.
The wrestling journey for Cody Rhodes began in 2006 right as he turned 21. He began wrestling for Ohio Valley Wrestling, which was the developmental company for the WWE at the time before it went to Florida Championship Wrestling before it too would eventually evolve into NXT. He would only spend a year in developmental before being called up to the main roster of the WWE in 2007.
The WWE career of Cody Rhodes would span the course of nearly ten years, and he'd hold titles on eight different occasions. Six of those eight title runs were of the tag team variety with partners such as: Hardcore Holly, Ted DiBiase, Jr., Drew McIntyre, and Goldust. He was also a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion to go along with being a Slammy Award winner twice as well
14 The WWE Debut: Standing Up To Randy Orton
13 First Taste Of WWE Gold With Hardcore Holly
12 The Heel Turn On Hardcore Holly
11 The Legacy
10 The Legacy Implodes
9 NXT Coach For Husky Harris
8 "Dashing" Cody Rhodes
7 The Man Behind The Mask
6 Team Rhodes Scholars
5 Greed Breaks Up The Rhodes Scholars
4 The Brotherhood Strikes Gold
3 The Birth Of Stardust
2 The Feud With Stephen Amell
1 What Could Have Been
As mentioned in the previous entry, it was pretty clear that there was no serious backing for Stardust as he was (to quote the title of my podcast) Lost In The Midcard. Many fans thought a return to Cody Rhodes was coming, and in March 2016, Cody posted this picture on his real-life account (he also had a @CodyRhodes account too). It almost looked like an Evolution-type of stable with Tyler Breeze and Tye Dillinger. It appears that Cody pitched this on deaf ears if you read his statement after his release from the WWE, and that is a bummer as this could have had a lot of promise.
Though Cody is gone from the WWE, he is definitely not gone from pro wrestling, as he posted this picture of a checklist of things he wants to accomplish after his no-compete date of August 19, 2016.
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