Cody Rhodes to Success: From Dashing to Darkness, Does He Have a Bright WWE Future?

Christopher DunfeeContributor IIApril 7, 2011

Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes

He was once "Dashing."

As his father pointed out on a recent edition of Friday Night SmackDown! On the Road To WrestleMania, Cody Rhodes let this flashy persona get in his way of achieving the ultimate goal in professional wrestling: becoming a champion.

However, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes definitely had to be proud of what his son had achieved since breaking away from "The Viper" Randy Orton, following WrestleMania XXVI.

Several analysts expected that would ultimately elevate his former tag team partner, Ted DiBiase Jr., into one of the company's top young rising talents.

While struggling to find a niche initially, Rhodes eventually blossomed into "The Dashing One," while "The Fortunate Son" has yet to be as fortunate.

DiBiase has been regulated to WWE Superstars and WWE NXT duties, when he isn't being squashed on World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship programming.

Cody received a slight push over the summer, being entered into the SmackDown! brand's Money In The Bank ladder match for an opportunity at the World Heavyweight Championship.

Although he also went on to co-hold the WWE World Tag Team Championship with "The Chosen One" Drew McIntyre, he seemed to hit a wall. Or possibly the creative team ran into their usual writing block.

Some even suggested he had begun to fall out of favor with the company's chairman, Vince McMahon.

Things began to look much brighter for Rhodes as "The Worldwide Leader in Sports Entertainment" began preparing for their biggest pay-per-view event of the year and reports began surfacing that Rey Mysterio had hand-picked Rhodes for a feud culminating in a match at WrestleMania XXVII.

After seeds were planted in January, Rhodes went on to miss the Royal Rumble, selling injuries sustained during a previous match with Mysterio.

Rhodes suggested that he had to get facial reconstruction surgery, forcing him to wear a plastic mask to protect his face from further damage, as well as an attempt to hide his once glamorous, spot-free face from spectators.

Following vicious and malicious attacks over a multiple week span from Rhodes, he finally got his one-on-one opportunity to get some redemption on "Mr. 619."

He did this successfully, pinning the former World Heavyweight Champion on the biggest stage in the industry, "The Showcase of the Immortals" at WrestleMania XXVII.

Many have questioned what Rhodes' future holds. Despite a losing effort the following evening, teaming with C.M. Punk against Mysterio and Randy Orton, his future seems as bright as ever.

With a unique gimmick, continuing not only to sell his imaginary scars from his injury but also to show a darker and more aggressive side not yet seen to this point, Rhodes definitely has stood out from the pack.

That is very difficult, especially considering the amount of outstanding young heel talent throughout the roster.

Rhodes has absolutely impressed with his ability to perform inside the squared circle, with the versatility to work with a variety of different competitors with various in-ring styles.

This is not to mention the ability to work on the microphone and portray a believable heel character.

With the edginess that this new character has allowed to be unleashed, who's to say Rhodes couldn't be next in line to possibly receive a shot at the prestigious World title if "The Rated R Superstar" Edge can continue to hold off Alberto Del Rio moving into the summer?

With Wade Barrett's fall as a member of The Corre, and lack of direction for "The All-American American" Jack Swagger and Drew McIntyre, there isn't a lot standing in his way.

Perhaps he could be The Miz, leaving Ted DiBiase in hopes that he can eventually become the John Morrison of the former tandem.

Grooming tips got him in the door; maybe his ruthless aggression can put him over the top.

Living up to his father's Hall Of Fame legacy will always be a difficult task for Cody Rhodes. However, his steady progress and natural talent should allow him to become successful.