This match may not have been for Rhodes' Intercontinental Title, but it was a turning point in his career.
Cody Rhodes' gimmick gives him some intense heat, but on the ice, it's all about who you are covering. By losing to Orton, one would think they'll be buried, but Rhodes doesn't strike me as someone who lets the jobbing go straight to his head.
There is a possibility that Ziggler will be defending the US Championship at Survivor Series, but we know Dolph Ziggler can do two matches, so why not Rhodes?
Defend the belt and compete against The Rock in one night; now, that is dedication to your job.
Rhodes may end up in the title picture as early as January 2012, so keep your eye out for that breaking moment in WWE history.