When Legacy, consisting of Randy Orton, Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes, split up after two years of success in WWE, it was going to be interesting to see how the two young professionals fared without the guidance of veteran Orton.
I always thought that Dibiase stood the best chance of being successful in his own right. I felt he had the right look and physical presence to be a genuine contender for the World Championship.
However, much to my surprise, it was Cody Rhodes who carved a niche for himself. After an interesting feud with Rey Mysterio following a legitimate nose break in one of their matches, he showcased some much improved skills on the microphone and demonstrated the charisma needed to be a success in the company.
He quickly claimed the Intercontinental Title, defeating Ezekial Jackson and embarking on a long reign with the belt. One of the highlights of his year was his performance in the Royal Rumble where he lasted over 40 minutes before being eliminated.
He then embarked on the feud that would change the course of his career. In the lead up to WrestleMania, Rhodes started mocking the Big Show. As many wrestling fans know, Big Show has enjoyed a less than distinguished career at the biggest event of the wrestling calendar, and Rhodes took great delight in mocking him. Rhodes was at his very best in the lead up to this match and arguably had more momentum than any other wrestler in the company at that time.
So I'm sure I wasn't the only that was shocked when Rhodes was defeated by Big Show. WWE officials have made some baffling decisions in their time, but this was one of the biggest. Although he quickly claimed the title back, it was the start of a downward spiral. He lost the belt again to the returning Christian and hasn't been in the main event picture since, now languishing in the tag team realm.
It isn't too late for Cody Rhodes, but he needs some key people to make some decisions in his favour.