There's a lot to be said about the WWE at the moment. We're approaching the starting point for the Road to WrestleMania with The Royal Rumble coming up and so many things in store for the big event in April such as a rumored return of Money in The Bank, John Cena vs. The Rock and the anticipated return of The Undertaker. Along with that, several big names are expected to be on the card besides the ones mentioned, CM Punk and Chris Jericho, to name a couple.
That said, I believe WWE has been doing an amazing job with another superstar as of late in current Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. I don't know what it is, but they just seem to be doing so many good things with Cody, it's hard to believe he's a WWE creation most times with how well they've used him.
Now, I'm going to skip straight to the point. Cody Rhodes is the best thing going in the WWE right now, and there are several reasons for that.
Cody may be one of the most technically sound superstars in the company right now, and also one of the more impressive to watch in the ring. Cody is different in a lot of superstars in that he's an interesting mix of a brawler, pseudo-high-flyer, with a solid grasp of basics and technical skill. From his use of uppercuts, to his moonsaults (on the admittedly rare occasion he chooses to use one) to his finishers of Cross Rhodes and Beautiful Disaster, Rhodes is someone you can sit back and never worry about being disappointed when he's in a match.
A lot of people talk about the mic skills of up-and-comers Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler and Wade Barrett, but in my honest opinion, of the crop of mid-carders and those waiting for their main-event feud, it's Cody Rhodes who leads this changing of the guard.
Throughout his personas of both "Dashing" and "Masked," Cody has proven that he can hold his own on a mic. He play the narcissistic character, the angry and depressed character and now, he shows us he can somewhat combine the two, using a vocabulary reminiscent of Kane during his run with the World Heavyweight Championship or Chris Jericho during his last run with WWE.
Indeed, Cody's mic skills, as far as the next generation of Superstars, is in a league of its own, and that's one reason he's become my favorite superstar and the best thing in WWE right now.
Who's the Future of the WWE?
Cody Rhodes, in his time with the WWE, has amassed an impressive collection of championships to his name. Along with former tag partners Hardcore Holly and Ted Dibiase, Cody has an impressive three World Tag Team Championships to his name. His tag expertise also showed itself in a short-lived, yet entertaining teaming with Drew McIntyre, as the two became WWE Tag Team Champions at one point. However, now, Cody is on his own and has proven he's more than capable of being a Champion by himself—and one of the best champions period, in a very long time—as he's is our current Intercontinental Champion.
Under his reign, we've seen the I.C. Title reinvented with a retro-style belt and the champion being featured more prominently now than it has been in years. All signs point to Cody holding the title at least until WrestleMania, if not longer, and I believe when Cody decides to drop his title, he'll be more than ready to make that next step towards his first World Championship.
Then again, would it be that far-fetched to think Cody couldn't hold both the Intercontinental and World Championships? At this point, yes, but who's to say what the future may hold?
Cody's gone through quite a few characters since his debut, with his most prominent being Dashing, Dashed and his current "Bitter" character. All has gone well in showing that Cody is someone you can count on in several roles, and in that, shows the chances of him growing stale like some of the current big names is small at best. You could liken him to a CM Punk or a Mick Foley in that regard.
The only big test for Rhodes at this point would be seeing how he handles a face character, but I don't see that as a big hurdle for Cody. Honestly, at one point, I thought he was turning face with his "Dashing" gimmick. He smiled, was entertaining, made some witty jokes...honestly, if he wanted to turn those on a heel, I believe it could be done.
Now, Cody isn't actually a new star, but in the grander scheme of things, he is new to his current position. People talk often about a "youth" movement. I think that's a bit of a mix-up. Guys such as CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler and even Randy Orton are all in their early 30s. Now, I suppose "old" is subjective.
Honestly, I don't think 30 is all that old, and some people tend to not let age show at all in pro-wrestling, like R-Truth for example. HBK and Mark Henry are other names that come to mind as older guys the people enjoy watching.
That said, when I think young, I think around the late 20s. That would be guys like Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger and of course, Cody Rhodes. These are names that will carry WWE into the future when names like John Cena, Randy Orton and CM Punk are all gone.
I'm sure there are some that will disagree with me on this, and I'm sure some will agree with me, and I'm fine with both, but I honestly believe you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better going on than what WWE is doing with Cody Rhodes.