While Orton was the face and focal point of the group, the other two were young stars surely be more established in the future. One is currently on his way to either the WWE Title or World Heavyweight Championship. The other, unfortunately, is like a fading star, dimming until it finally can’t bring forth any remaining semblance of brightness.
Cody and Ted will most likely forever be linked together. WrestleMania 26 proved this when Orton pinned Rhodes in what would seem to bury the career of the soon to be Dashing/Undashing One.
Cody, however, has gone on to not only beat Randy Orton in recent weeks, but bring a sense of relevance back to the Intercontinental Championship.
DiBiase, on the other hand, once appeared to be the breakout star of Legacy. He starred in the sequel to "The Marine," a role which the company decided would go to a star that they either wanted to establish or give to a star that already was established. Ted being that guy showed that WWE still had interest in him.
Since that time Ted was rumored to turn face. Given that he was still with Legacy, it came as a shock that the key face turn of the group was not Ted or Cody, but the viper himself Randy Orton.
Randy’s first face turn was a dismal failure, losing the World Heavyweight Championship after just a little under a month in a match that, if he had won, would have cemented the turn.
While Ted's career is currently fading, Cody’s WWE career saw him start off as a very generic second generation wrestler. It is only now that we are seeing what potential he really has.
Both of these men have had long roads to get to where they are today. Ted could also be on a journey to prove that he is a future world champion. There are many questions as to Ted’s future. Listed are key reasons why Ted will not only be a star, but also a future world champion.
WWE’s ideal wrestler can mix power, technical ability, and charisma. While Ted might not be the most powerful wrestler on the roster, he is a decent technician and has an abundance of charisma.
Whether through his promos with Maryse and Virgil or his rivalry with Goldust where he threatened to deport Aksana, it’s incredible to think he was the featured mouthpiece of his tag team with Rhodes.
Throughout his career, he has shown that he can add to any given story line/angle by raising his voice. His expressions also show confidence that brighter days are on the horizon.
His feud with Cody during the past few months shows that he might succeed even further as a face, something Rhodes and initially Orton have had difficulties with.
WWE is currently elevating men such as CM Punk, the Miz, and Zack Ryder.
These men are very different individuals but share a trait that makes them valuable assets: marketability.
Ted DiBiase has priceless potential in this area. Ted's "Simply Priceless" catchprhase would add style to shirts, jackets, hoodies. If he can rise from his current position it would be an excellent DVD title.
Ted also has decent acting ability, as seen in "The Marine 2." He carried the movie when it could have been given to a more well-known superstar (Cena?).
WWE Films has seen successes and failures, but to be given a main role shows the WWE has faith that you can rise to the top and be a focal point of a given brand.
For marketing purposes this is invaluable.
Cody Rhodes started his journey as the polar opposite to what he would become. Cody struggled to grab fans' attention.
He played backup to Hardcore Holly and even more in the shadow of his father than his brother. Goldust made Dustin a star in his own right. Dustin had a fanbase and was seen as a credible wrestler.
Cody was more or less known for his last name. Cody would shatter that image largely due to Ted's arrival. He still seemed awkward on the mic but would blossom and evolve to one of most well-spoken heels on the roster.
Randy Orton's credibility was limitless as a heel. He was cocky, brash, and a bit self-obsessed. Yet he had an undeniable edge that caught on with the fans.
Unfortunately for Randy, WWE misinterpreted this and made him a face. At this point in Randy's career, a successful run as a heel champion could have further cemented Evolution, given Raw a much needed second top heel on the brand, and turned Randy into a megastar.
His initial face turn would see Randy's push come to a grinding halt. His build to WrestleMania for ultimate revenge on HHH would be replaced by the rise of Batista.
It would take at least three years for Randy to regain what he had lost. Randy's current face character is pretty much the evolution of his 2008/09 gimmick, so he has had a few years to perfect the role.
Cody and Randy would join Ted in Legacy, but when the group fell apart so did Ted Jr.’s rise. Ted, like Randy and Cody, will most likely rise above it and as in Randy’s case rise again.
In 2012 WWE will embark on a brand new venture: the WWE Network.
The WWE Network will give a chance for forgotten wrestlers to be remembered again, established names to be showcased, and wrestlers who have fallen, to re-emerge. A wrestler who can do the last thing on that list is Ted DiBiase Jr.
The new channel will most likely broadcast WWE films, including "The Marine 2." Legacy is heavily featured on the Randy Orton compilation and the latest DX DVD.
If they bring back shows such as "Confidential" or another backstage show, it could be instrumental in Ted's career. The WWE Network could be an outlet for him to make a comeback, and if he is featured heavily on a main program, he can find a way to reach the fans and WWE Creative.
DX, Mick Foley, the Rock, and Chris Jericho are rumored to be coming back or already set to comeback in the near future.
Nostalgia value is at an all time high in regards to books, DVDs, online videos, and as mentioned in the last slide, the WWE Network will let fans relive many of these memories.
Ted DiBiase Jr brought a touch of nostalgia himself in 2010 when he brought back the Million Dollar Championship and his father's old bodyguard, Virgil.
His family name is established in wrestling history, with his father who established the coveted championship gaining a recent WWE Hall of Fame induction.
Ted's rivalry with Goldust was almost identical to past feuds involving male wrestlers protecting their girl from the dastardly heel.
His recent return attacking Cody from the crowd has also been seen. It is similar to RVD and Tommy Dreamer coming in from the crowd, or Marty Jannetty attacking Shawn Michaels when Marty had his credibility still intact.
Ted has been in a stable comprised of nothing but second or third generation wrestlers and seems to honor coming from the DiBiase bloodline. DiBiase Jr. Is a link to WWE's past and WWE's future.
For the company to give up on him would be a disservice not just for the current generation of wrestlers and wrestling fans, but also to the industry as a whole.