Cody Rhodes has the potential to be a big star (literally) for WWE.
For the latter half of 2013, Cody Rhodes was arguably one of the hottest babyfaces on the rise in WWE. His show-stealing performance in the SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder match essentially turned him face, leading him to defeat former friend Damien Sandow at SummerSlam.
Shortly thereafter, Cody was "fired" from WWE by Triple H, cutting one of the best promos of his career on his way out. He'd return several weeks later with real-life brother Goldust at his side to wreak havoc against The Authority on Raw.
The duo won their jobs back in an amazing matchup at Battleground before capturing the WWE Tag Team Championship together eight days later on Raw. Over the next three months, Cody and Goldust would light the entire tag team division on fire and solidify their status as WWE's greatest tandem in recent memory.
2014, however, hasn't been as kind to the Rhodes brothers. They dropped the straps to The New Age Outlaws at the Royal Rumble and failed to regain them in the weeks that followed.
Cody and Goldust struggled to find success from that point forward, losing almost every match they competed in. Why they didn't have a bigger role at WrestleMania 30 remains a mystery to many.
They started to tease tension with each other starting in late April, but it ultimately led nowhere when Cody made the transformation into Stardust in mid-June. If the end game isn't a match between the siblings at SummerSlam, then what was the point of repackaging Cody at all?
I, personally, am still of the mindset that there is still much more money left to be made in the Cody character. At the age of 29, he still has his entire career ahead of him, but I'd rather see him get his due in the main event sooner rather than later.
Either way, after seemingly falling off the face of the earth in the first half of 2014, the second-generation star is destined for success in the months to come. Whether it be as Cody or as Stardust, the former intercontinental champion makes anything he's involved in entertaining and will surely make an impact on his own sometime in the very near future.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.