Cody Rhodes Destined for Main Event Greatness or Midcard Obscurity?
With my article on Edge getting a very mixed reaction in the poll and some very interesting comments, I thought I'd comment on another aspect of the WWE Draft: the future of Cody Rhodes.
Cody, the son of Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, has been with the WWE a while, most notably as part of Legacy with Randy Orton and Ted Dibiase, but is now striking out on his own on Smackdown. (Although Legacy still appears as part of his titantron?)
He has already shown some entertaining wrestling skills on Smackdown and I believe him to be reasonable on the mic. He is a second-generation superstar so he definitely has potential, but is it actually enough potential to become great? In my opinion, probably not.
In my view, Rhodes' problem is finding a unique and intriguing image and identity. He is not a physically imposing powerhouse such as Batista or HHH, he does not possess the high-flying athleticism or speed and agility of Rey Mysterio or John Morrison, and he does not have the charisma of Randy Orton.
I also feel that due to the difference in appearance and attitude, Rhodes is unable to rely on his father's legacy in the same way that Ted Dibiase Jr. is at the moment.
Talking of Dibiase, he is an example of a heel midcarder who is rapidly being elevated with an interesting angle, the million dollar belt, and the ongoing search for his "Virgil."
If we look at other heel midcarders there are many that have interesting individual angles going. Dolph Ziggler's sleeper hold is making big news, Jack Swagger is World Heavyweight Champion, Drew McIntyre has just been "fired," and The Miz is now working with Chris Jericho.
Meanwhile, Rhodes has no angle or gimmick at the moment. He enters with an uninspiring entrance theme, and his big entrance bit appears to be him turning around?
Furthermore, at Wrestlemania Rhodes was punted out of the WWE for a month or so and very little news was made of that. Also his return feels as though he is having to start from scratch rather than carrying any momentum from Legacy, which after all includes a headline Hell in the Cell match against DX!
I like Cody Rhodes and enjoy watching him. However, he appears to be further down the list of pushes than the other midcarders mentioned above, and I feel that in the long term he could become good at very many things but master of nothing, a.k.a. The Ultimate Midcarder.
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