Hello, Bleachers, and welcome to a new series of mine. I will be writing this series with superstars who I think are destined to go down in the history books and be called "legends of wrestling."
These superstars all have long careers ahead of them, and right now you may not see them as legends. I assure you that you will be convinced as to why they will end up as legends.
In this edition, I will investigate Cody Rhodes. Rhodes has seen his stock rise lately, and I see a great career in front of him.
Cody Rhodes comes from a family that is well known in the wrestling world. His father is "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. He is a legend in his own right and has the respect of every wrestling fan.
Cody's brother is Dustin Rhodes, better known as Goldust. While Goldust never achieved what he was destined for, he is still one of the more unique, original and iconic superstars of his time.
Rhodes is also the nephew of Jerry Sags (one half of the Nasty Boys tag team) and Fred Ottman (Tugboat). Rhodes is also the godson Magnum T.A.
Coming from a family with such success and longevity, Cody is destined to be a legend. When you grow up around something, you have a different view to it than someone who didn't grow up around it. You understand the ins and outs and what works and what does not.
You understand that in order to become something, you must work hard at it and be prepared for some bumps in the road. Cody Rhodes has this competitive edge that other superstars do not have.
Cody Rhodes began his career trying to impress a few people and to protect his fathers name. Rhodes would eventually team with Hardcore holly after earning his respect. The two would win tag team gold and Rhodes looked to be growing as a superstar.
Rhodes then turned heel and joined with Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase to form Legacy. The group that felt they could be better than their fathers ever dreamed of being. Rhodes got his first taste at the main event scene as Orton's partner.
Rhodes and Legacy would go on to feud with Triple H and a reunited DX, which allowed Rhodes to get even more exposure. Eventually, Legacy broke up and Rhodes was drafted to Smackdown.
On Smackdown, Rhodes would unveil his "Dashing" gimmick. Rhodes would get a title shot here and there but his main event magic would no return. Rhodes looked to be on his way down to being lost in the mid card.
2011 would usher in Rhodes most successful period yet. After Rey Mysterio broke Rhodes' nose, he would unveil his "Undashing" gimmick. Rhodes, who still has the gimmick today, gained a new, dark edge that helped put him over and single him out from the crowd.
Rhodes developed into one of the top heels in the WWE and gained his first singles title with his Intercontinental Championship victory. Today, Rhodes has helped bring the Intercontinental Championship back to glory and frequently defends it. The belt has also been restored to its old version and now, some consider it more prestigious than the WWE Championship.
IN order to become great, you have to deal with success and failures. Rhodes experiences success with Legacy but then had a down year where he was lost in the shuffle. Rhodes' new gimmick helped him break through and has him on the path towards legend status.
Versatile-Changing or fluctuating readily
Cody Rhodes fits this definition to a "T". Rhodes has been a face and fan favorite in his early days. He was his father's partner, friends with Hardcore Holly and, the fans loved him. All the female fans wanted to marry him and all the guys wanted to be him.
Then, Rhodes showed that he could also play the heel persona in Legacy. After that, he played a cocky and arrogant superstar with his dashing gimmick. Now he is a dark and wrecked individual that views everyone as hideous.
To be successful, you have to be able to play any part that is assigned to you. Just being able to be a fan favorite limits what you can accomplish. By having the ability to act as a favorite or as a villain, Rhodes again, separates himself from the rest of the roster.
Coy Rhodes is only 26 years old. What does this have to do with his future? Quite a bit really.
Rhodes will have all the time in the world to develop his skills and persona into something that can be looked back to as legendary. For Rhodes, it is not a matter of if he wins a world title, it's when. In actuality, it is a good thing he has not won one yet. There is no need to rush into a reign with him, because he is still young and has time to develop.
Some argue that Rhodes may end up with more reigns than Randy Orton.
Cody Rhodes has everything that a big time superstar needs. He has wrestling ability, a good look, a good gimmick, mic skills, can draw heat/face reactions and can carry an opponent.
When Rhodes gets in the ring, he finds success with whatever he is doing. He can cut a great promo or put on a great match. He is what everyone else wants to be.
Cody Rhodes will be a legend and hall of famer once his active career is over. He has everything needed to become a legend and has all the time to accomplish historic stats and achievements.
For Rhodes, I place the over/under World Title reigns at an even 10.
This concludes my first Legend Series article.
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