Last night, something tremendous happened. In what can only be called the single, greatest moment in the career of Cody Rhodes. In a match against Ezekiel Jackson, Cody Rhodes won his first singles championship, the Intercontinental Championship. In my opinion, it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy.
Cody Rhodes, the son of World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer, Dusty Rhodes, has come a long way since his debut in a loss to Randy Orton on RAW. He's had a very impressive career in his five years with WWE, winning several championships, and being one of the best in the WWE right now, in my opinion.
It's hard to imagine that the very same generic, mid-card superstar that showed up on RAW is now one of Smackdown's top names, and of course the Intercontinental Champion. Seeing Cody now, I feel proud to say that I've been a fan of this man since his debut, and it's been incredible to watch the evolution of a superstar I expect to one day be worthy of such honors as world championships, Royal Rumble victories, and headlining WrestleMania.
Cody's impressive rise to me, began not when he won his first championship,The World Tag Team titles with Hardcore Holly, but when he won those same belts with Ted Dibiase, a feat he would do once more before the group split.
Looking back at Cody's career, it's been an impressive one, made all the more special, in my opinion, by all the people who thought Cody would fall into obscurity when he moved to Smackdown, eventually earning himself the title of his teams' "Jannetty."
It amazes me how things can change in the span of a year. In one year, Cody was drafted, and in a few weeks developed his own persona, revitalizing and making his own the classic "narcissistic male" gimmick, and making it "Dashing."
During this time, Cody would add on to his Three World Tag Team titles, winning a Slammy Award and the WWE Tag Team titles with Drew McIntyre. While it lasted, I thoroughly enjoyed "The Dashing One's" antics from his promos to his grooming tips. It was this gimmick, that really put Cody in people's cross hairs as someone to look out for, however, the question as to why Cody didn't win a strap at this time, when he was obviously ready, vexes me to this day.
No, Cody would have to wait for fate to deal him a harsh blow before he could claim some gold for his own. After having his nose broken by Rey Mysterio, Cody would show that he truly belonged, dispatching the "Master of the 619" in a match at WrestleMania, with a new character—a shattered, broken, and hateful individual, clad in a hideous mask.
Along with his masked persona, Cody would gain new allies—his Baggers, (who pass out bags to people in the audience to wear over their heads), former tag team partner, Ted Dibiase who's been helping Cody when needed, and Assistant to Smackdown GM, Zack Ryder, who seems to be playing a behind-the-scenes role in Cody's success.
Cody now stands at a cross roads with the WWE, now that he is Intercontinental Champion. How Cody is booked from this point forward could make or break him. I would like to think WWE has enough confidence in Cody to make him a strong champion, as Dolph Ziggler was, for example, instead of a transitional champion like Kofi's second reign was, or just a poor champion in general, like Wade Barrett became.
Cody has all the tools to be a superstar, but even more importantly, he needs the right booking. Cody could very well, be the best superstar WWE has to offer, as he has all the tools to go head-to-head with guys like Randy Orton, Christian, CM Punk, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, etc. All that remains now, is for WWE to make that clear to the general public. With that said though, while I do feel this is the greatest moment so far for Cody, I believe more, bigger, and better moments await "The Uncommon Son of a Common Man."