Since making his main roster debut roughly five years ago, WWE superstar Cody Rhodes has certainly had his share of success. However, glory at the top of the mountain has always eluded him.
For several years now, the WWE Universe has been left wondering when the company will finally stop stalling and put a world title around the waist of the second generation superstar.
But if the question is when the company will do that, the simple is answer is never.
Some people point to his lack of actual opportunities in securing title matches as the reason for his situation as a midcard performer, but the main reason for Rhodes being relegated to that position is that he is severely lacking charisma.
Rhodes has the look—there’s no questioning that. He’s in tremendous shape and certainly knows what he is doing in the ring.
And with WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes as his father and Dustin “Goldust” Rhodes as his brother, he certainly has the wrestling pedigree that many salivate over.
So it should be no surprise that Rhodes has already had the level of success that he has. As a four-time tag team champion and a two-time Intercontinental champion, Rhodes is not exactly starving for championship gold.
However, he has yet to get the big one, and that seems unlikely to change.
Though he has been in the company for half a decade and in professional wrestling far longer than that, Rhodes is still only 27 years old. That advantage alone will keep him relevant and employed in the business for years to come.
But just like age, you can’t teach charisma.
And while he is not boring in a Steve Blackman-type way, Rhodes is just lacking in the ability to set the world on fire with his personality. And in today’s wrestling scene, that is one of the most crucial aspects for making someone a megastar, or more importantly for him, a world champion.
Someone like John Cena is the perfect example of this. At times, it seems as if Cena has very little idea of what he is doing in the ring. But the man can talk and get the fans behind him (or against him in some crowds). But he never struggles to get attention, and that is why he is a 12-time world champion and a cornerstone of the WWE brand.
And while Rhodes is decent in the ring and does have legitimate skills in that regard, the larger than life personality that is necessary to attain mainstream success in the business still continues to escape him.
Which is unfortunate, because other than his one glaring weakness, Rhodes could be one of the all-time greats.
However, that one weakness might be all it takes to keep him from skyrocketing in the WWE Universe.