In my newest series, WWE Profiling, I will be talking about certain pro wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment and their case to move up or down in the company.
In this case, I will profile Cody Rhodes and go over his ups and downs in WWE, and where he could be headed.
Rhodes has made quite a name for himself these days, and some see him as World Title material. About 80 percent of all wrestling journalists believe Rhodes will win a World Title within a year from now. Most are for this because of how good Rhodes is as a character, performer, and mic worker. There are few as good as him right now on the SmackDown brand, heel or face.
Some would go so far to say that he's the No. 1 guy in need of his first World Title, even over Mark Henry. The former Sexual Chocolate has been doing great as of late, but some would argue that he has fallen out of actual love from the crowd, and Rhodes is more of the character that should be going toward World title gold.
WWE has been high on Rhodes, which was why he won the IC Title recently. Ahmed Johnson, I mean, Big Zeke, was nothing like we expected. Rhodes deserves the big push, and to me, it seems like he'll get a Miz-like push. In that, he'll be mid-carding along with main eventing for about a year, winning secondary titles. Then, finally moving up to main event level to the World Title race.
Mike "The Miz" Mizanin won the US Title twice, along with the Unified Tag Titles. Then won Money in the Bank and was main eventing along with mid-carding the whole year. He was named PWI #1 Wrestler of the Year due to how much success he had in that calendar year.
But the thing about that is, Miz was able to show great mic ability, and wrestling ability, along with great storyline presence. Miz is now a guy who can be put in any title race and be believable there. Very few have that ability. Rhodes is now getting there, but he has to work a bit harder to be taken seriously for that.
When he first arrived, we knew of Cody Rhodes as a guy who was the son of Dusty and brother of Dustin (Goldust). That was about it—nothing more, nothing less. Then he was paired with Hardcore Holly, and starting moving up in the world of WWE. We then saw a youth movement start in WWE, and Ted DiBiase, Jr. was introduced.
DiBiase was then paired up with Rhodes, and they became the group Priceless. Each became multiple-time tag champs,
Then we saw both enter the group Legacy. A group made of second- and third- generation stars.
Legacy was seen as one of the biggest faction busts in WWE history. People were just begging for it to end during its last few months. When Orton turned face, we thought, great. But the story made no sense because the real issues in the group were centered around Rhodes and DiBiase helping Orton stay WWE Champion. Without them, he was nothing.
Then we see Orton turn on them? I don't know how that was actually worth the effort. But in any case, a match at Wrestlemania 26 took place as a triple threat and all three went at it. The winner, shockingly, was Randy Orton.
Rhodes moved on from that, and was then taken off TV until the WWE Draft. He was moved to SmackDown from RAW, and this was where the fun began with Rhodes.
He came on seemingly being nothing special, and then eventually started to get interesting. He was always good in the ring, and mic-wise, he was never spectacular, but always good. So, how did he go from seemingly mid-card hell to potential World Champion contender?
Rhodes went from one extreme to the other, and it worked very well.
At one point we saw a guy who was so vain, he thought everything was about him. He thought he was God's gift to women and everything he did had the Midas touch. Then, one 619 to the head and we get a new Rhodes who had a broken nose.
At this point, Rhodes was then seen as the ugliest man alive. Going from one extreme to the other, eh?
Rhodes wore a protective mask for his nose for months, and until this very day he wears the shield to hide the face destroyed by Rey Mysterio.
He doesn't want to be seen by the public, but rather hidden from it because of the ugliness he believes he has now. But, he is on a mission. Before, he simply wanted people to look better than they were, because in his presence, all are ugly. But now, he is ugly and wants everyone else to be uglier.
This has helped his character out a lot.
It made him seem like the new age Mankind, but, with a much better body and wrestling ability.
There are very few "characters" in WWE. Most are just acting like an extension of themselves, but never a big time character. I think Rhodes got a clue from his brother in that he became more of a character and less himself, which, let's face it, was kind of boring.
Rhodes is not the biggest guy in the shuffle though. This is the only thing keeping him back in some people's eyes. But with new creative directions these days, size really isn't the biggest factor anymore as it used to be.
Guys like CM Punk, Chris Jericho, and others have proven you can be around 5'10" or 6'0" and be just as good as a guy who is 6'5, 275lbs., if not better sometimes.
Not everyone is that big, and most guys when they were coming up felt they had to do drugs to get to a point where they could be a potential World Champion in WWE.
But it's not about size anymore, it's about overall entertainment and ability. Rhodes is a complete package, despite his size. Some would call him a cruiser-weight, but who cares? Who gives a rip how big you are if you are one of the best in the company?
Rhodes right now is the best young talent in the company without a World Title, and this is something that will not do. They're going to have to give Rhodes a chance to hold the World Heavyweight Title sooner rather than later.
Character development has helped revive a career some thought was going to die after the Legacy crap.
He has all the tools right now, and every week he could be considered one of the top heels in the company every time he and his bag men come out. Rhodes is so over that he has helped revive former Legacy member, Ted DiBiase's career.
DiBiase was thought to be a World Title contender at one point then, poof, he is no longer relevant.
Rhodes is making people talk about him, and look forward to seeing him every single week. That alone means he's worth something. Fans are also reacting to him, which is incredible.
He is still young in his career, and what he has been able to do is amazing. The best thing about it is, he was never handed anything because of his last name, and he has earned everything. Fans can respect that.
If there is anyone to look at and buy stock in right now, it's Cody Rhodes.
But hey, that's only one man's opinion. What do you think?
Is Cody Rhodes a World Title contender?