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.