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Wrestlers on or near the same level as Cody, such as Christian, seem suspiciously quite so far in the Road to WrestleMania
Despite his opponent being the Big Show, a man whose limited in-ring ability and older age has been well-documented in recent memory, we should remember that this is the second straight year in which Cody Rhodes has earned a singles match vs. a former world champion at the grandest stage of them all.
To my delight, Rhodes managed a one-two-three pinfall victory over the ever popular Rey Mysterio. The match was one of the shinning moments in an otherwise incredibly disappointing and lackluster WrestleMania.
Although many of us have a much stronger faith in this year’s WrestleMania than we ever had going into last year’s installment, there is nothing that tells us why Cody couldn’t come away with yet another WrestleMania singles victory.
Looking at the larger picture, I can take nothing but good feels from the WWE about their decision to include Rhodes in his second straight WrestleMania singles match.
Looking around the upper mid card scene in the WWE, and in particular other wrestlers on a similar level as Rhodes at the moment, we all should consider ourselves lucky that Rhodes has even been announced for any type of match.
Dolph Ziggler, fresh off of a series of WWE Championship opportunities, has been upsettingly uninvolved in much of this year’s build up to WrestleMania.
Christian, whose steady build up over the past year and some change, was severely derailed by an unfortunate injury a few months ago. A man capable of putting on a solid match with just about anyone, he has seen little to no action since (reportedly) recovering from his injuries.
Barring some large turn of events, his participation in this year’s WrestleMania seems in jeopardy. At the very least, we can safely assume he won’t be set to feature in his own singles man.
Surprise of the year and YouTube sensation Zach Ryder, whose stock has risen exponentially in recent months, has of late been a main fixture in the recent feud involving the company’s biggest star (who is John Cena, for those who don’t know), looks to be left out of anything of importance in WrestleMania XXVIII for two reasons.
First, his severe storyline injuries would take months from which to recover in kayfable-land. Second, his one possible feud partner, Kane, seems destined to meet Randy Orton at WrestleMania if this week’s events are anything to believe.
With the recent speculation that the Money in the Bank match has been axed from this year’s WrestleMania, opportunities for wrestlers in the same part of the match card as Cody Rhodes to make it to this year’s event just became tremendously more difficult to come by.
Rhodes should consider himself fortunate that not only has he already been announced for the pay-per-view, but also he is fortunate enough to have landed his own singles match defending the Intercontinental Title.
I can only take Rhodes’ upcoming Intercontinental Championship match as a sign of good things to come for the up-and-coming Superstar.
There is an excellent reason why the man has so many fans among the “smarks” or wrestling’s internet fan base, and this match at WrestleMania XXVIII should serve as a reward for all of our support, not a damnation of it.