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Deeper Dive : Happy Trails, Cody Rhodes

Over the weekend, Cody Rhodes made headlines. And it wasn’t because of something he was doing at Extreme Rules. Instead, it was because he was leaving WWE. After a long run with the company-one that included some gold, and a name change among other things-Cody felt it was time to go. He released a statement about his decision, but basically said he wouldn’t be saying much more about things. So what to make of it all?

On one hand, I don’t blame him. It sounded as though he either didn’t like, or had grown tired of Star Dust, and wanted to move away from the gimmick-but was not being allowed to do so. He had been around long enough to know that sometimes, the only way to make a change is to make a clean break.

On the other, he made mention of telling the WWE top brass that he wanted to be, and felt as though he could be, a top draw. Don’t get me wrong, when he was working as Cody Rhodes, I was a fan. Even at times, Star Dust. And yes, eventual big stars do get saddled with lousy gimmicks. But while Star Dust wasn’t too great, it’s hard to envision Cody as a top draw, particularly in WWE and at this point in time with the surge of the New Era.

So what do I think? Honestly, I think someone like Cody is a really smart person. Especially Cody, having grown up around the business. He had to have recognized the situation unfolding-he was already relegated to a comedy act, and with an influx of new talent and rising talent from all over the place, his road to a push was only getting harder and harder. While getting a push was not out of the question, he would have had tremendously long odds if he expected to become number 1 contender for any belt anytime soon.

My honest take? WWE had no use for him, and Cody thinks he can be a bigger star than most felt was possible. Add in a boatload of new faces, faces that folks want to see more than Cody, and it was bad news for Rhodes. Where does he go from here? I think he’s the kind of guy that goes to TNA and could really shine-and then maybe WWE comes and begs for him to come back. But I think he is also the type who is perfectly content to just stay away from the business, for a bit, or forever. He did state, after all, that this wasn’t about the money.

I wish him, and his now-released wife, the best of luck in whatever challenge they choose to take on next.

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  • bigfoot3169

    I would beg to differ on his status. He could’ve been pushed and accepted as a main event player. It would’ve been more realistic either before becoming tag Champs with his brother or soon afterwards. He could’ve gone full heel mode and fought his brother and work up. I believe he’s better than mid-card. He never got to do his feud with HHH. He would’ve done well there too.

    • Mikey Shango #DunDunDuuunnnnnn

      When was he going to feud with HHH

      • bigfoot3169

        If memory serves me right, it was a tease primarily. It was about the time when the Rhodes family was feuding with the McMahon family.

  • Bradley Patterson

    He could have had a main event push after changing from stardust…it seems you just assume he would go right back to the Cody Rhodes he was before the stardust gimmick…which I don’t think he would

  • Mikey Shango #DunDunDuuunnnnnn

    He could’ve been a main eventer

  • IM MAD JOHNSON #NewNation

    I’m sorry but Cody done this to himself the moment he went with the Stardust gimmick ! He will be fine and honestly he could be a great fit for TNA as well as Sandow where they would really get a push immediately.

  • Bite Me You Loser

    StarDust looks to the cosmos

    • Someguy

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  • Edynol

    I hope he pursues acting. He’s got a natural talent for it and not to mention a face that just belongs on the big screen. I mean, listen to some of his promos, he’s always been a great talker, even when he first arrived. I really wish he wasn’t leaving, he was easily in my top ten top active stars. The way he committed himself to what ever role they chose and actually pulled it off is very very rare in this business.

    I mean, look at some of the gimmicks he’s had? Dashing Cody Rhodes, the protective mask thing and the paper bags, the ‘stache, and Stardust. Any of the gimmicks would be terrible for anyone, but he pulled them off and got over. I know the McMahons and the Runnels have a somewhat rocky relationship dating back to the MSW days(not a bad one, but a rivalrous one), but they still could have done some great things with Cody in the ME.

    But yeah, I really hope he goes into acting. I could so see him in pretty much any role. Comedy, action, drama, hero, villain, etc. But so long as he is happy and enjoys himself, that’s all that matters. Maybe he’ll come back someday.

  • Mikey Shango #DunDunDuuunnnnnn

    Oh ?

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