It's been a long road for the second-generation WWE Superstar, and Cody Rhodes isn't even close to finished.
He is only 26 years old, and he is quickly climbing the WWE's ladder of success.
He is former three-time WWE Tag Team Champion and the current Intercontinental Champion and on top of that, he was part of the successful Legacy stable with former WWE Champion Randy Orton.
Now, Rhodes is on his own on Smackdown and is turning heads.
What is making Rhodes so successful? Why is Rhodes the best talent in the company?
Every time Rhodes enters an arena, he has his lackeys hand out paper bags to the crowd. It's his trademark, and that gives him a ton of heat in the ring.
He was once the "dashing" one, who said he was the most handsome man in WWE. Now, he wears a mask of his own, to protect his own imperfections. Yet, it all ties together into one great gimmick.
Let's discuss the gimmick.
When Rhodes debuted in the WWE, he was merely known as the son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and the brother of Goldust.
Trying to get out of the shadow of his family members, he immediately started a feud with Randy Orton, in defense of his father, whom was disrespected by the "Legend Killer."
He didn't really start showing much character until he turned heel nearly a year into his WWE career, turning on his then-Tag Team Championship partner Hardcore Holly, to form a team with Ted DiBiase, in what would become two-thirds of the Legacy stable.
Since then, the way he has handled the main-event talent in the company has been outstanding. The Hell in a Cell match against DX, the destruction of Legacy and the triple threat match at Wrestlemania XXVI were all defining moments of Rhodes' early WWE career.
The biggest thing that happened to Rhodes, was being drafted to Smackdown in 2010 and developed the new character, "Dashing" Cody Rhodes.
The cocky, self-absorbed, "dashing" one became a success and garnered a ton of heat for his "grooming tips" vignettes.
He was able to use a natural charisma and had (still has) the ability to keep the crowd on the tip of his fingers.
A "dashingly" great character fit and a change to what we expected from the "grandson of a plumber."
Would you expect anything less from the son of Dusty Rhodes, who is well known for being one of the most charismatic Superstars in WWE history?
It's probably the family gene pool but the way Rhodes can get the crowd to hang onto his every word allows him to say anything he wants and still have the crowd eat it up.
Also, considering the character of Goldust, Rhodes' brother, as stated above, would you expect anything less?
The family, in general, is quite a colourful bunch, and Cody is proving that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to the microphone.
The way Rhodes can carry a match is nowhere near as close as he was when he debuted in WWE. Sure, he might not carry the matches against the main event types like Orton or Triple H, but he can definitely hold his own and has shown the ability to have great matches.
He is the current Intercontinental Champion and with a good, long title reign, can step up to the World Title scene in the next year if given the right angle.
The introduction of the new Intercontinental Title belt will usher in a new era of the title that has lost prestige in recent years.
Here's hoping Rhodes restores some credibility to the belt that was once held by such greats as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Macho Man Randy Savage and many many more legends and WWE Hall of Famers.
What do you think?