Cody Rhodes, WWE Come to Terms on Release from Company

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Cody Rhodes,right, and Daniel Bryan peform during WWE’s 9th annual
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WWE released longtime Superstar Cody Rhodes on Sunday, the company confirmed after he requested his release Saturday.

Rhodes revealed the request via his Twitter account:  

The 30-year-old veteran has performed as Stardust since 2014 and has been part of WWE's main roster since debuting in 2007.

Rhodes is the son of late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and brother of Goldust.

The Marietta, Georgia, native is a six-time WWE tag team champion and two-time intercontinental titleholder.

While he had once looked like a potential main eventer, Rhodes' role diminished in recent years, as he primarily competed in undercard matches and rarely came out on the winning end.

His most notable angle since becoming Stardust saw him feud with Arrow star Stephen Amell before losing to the actor in a tag team match at last year's SummerSlam event.

Rhodes' wife, Eden Stiles, also works for WWE as a ring announcer, and it is unclear if his decision will impact her status.

While Rhodes never reached the heights that most expected in WWE, he still has plenty of time to make strides within the wrestling business.

He is in his prime at 30 years of age, and there is no shortage of other companies for him to potentially work for, including Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Lucha Underground and TNA.

Rhodes has a ton of experience, was brought up in the business and has made a name for himself over the years.

If he decides to continue wrestling after his release, Rhodes could be a significant, building-block signing for one of WWE's competitors in the near future.

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