Cody Rhodes Made a Believer Out of Me
by, 11-17-2011 at 09:41 AM (3696 Views)
It's been an extremely long time since I've written a blog on here. I pretty much considered myself retired, but I strongly feel as though this is a subject that is worth speaking about. With all the negativity here in the IWC, I'm actually going to talk about something that is a positive thing. And that, my friends, is the amazing talent that is now apparent in one Cody Rhodes.
I'll be the first to admit that I felt the same way most of us did when Cody Rhodes made his debut. I thought here's just another son of a legend who is only here because of his dad and is never going to be anything. He was a babyface playing the role of the young grasshopper under Mr. Hardcore Holly. Now, Holly is not one known for his charisma or character, but he definitely has the respect of all us fans by being simply a no nonsense ass kicking machine. That coupled with his real life role as a trainer made it a perfect fit for him to be an onscreen mentor to a young talent. But that didn't change the fact that Cody Rhodes still seemed worthless. He was skinny, uncharismatic, spoke with a lisp, and just overall unappealing. Enter Legacy...
Now he's part of a heel stable that is solely comprised of sons of legends and are there just to show everyone that they don't respect or care what their dads did in the business. It was their time. Now the popular consensus was that Randy Orton was already super over, and Ted Dibiase was going to be the next big thing. He had a better look and swagger than Rhodes, and he just looked like he had the potential, where Rhodes was going to just eventually fade away.
Well, as we all know, that didn't happen. Once the inevitable breakup occurred, Cody got the push, and Ted got forgotten about (sort of). But I still didn't buy it. Cody was using his "dashing" gimmick to make me fast forward through his vignettes, and I was not at all convinced that his string of victories was believable. I mean, there was a point where he was in a "squash" match with Mark Henry, AND HE WAS THE ONE DOING THE SQUASHING!!! Now, this goes back to about 8 months ago when I blogged about wasted talent in WWE, and so many people on here called me crazy and stupid and not even a wrestling fan because I though Mark Henry had all the potential in the world to dominate everyone. Now look at him.
But that's besides the point. My point is, Cody really started validating himself when he got the mask. We thought it was stupid, but he actually started winning believable matches. He had awesome battles with Rey and many others. He actually didn't cheat often(for a notorious heel, that is), which made it much more impressive. When he got the IC title, I thought it was a bit much for him, but at this point the IC title was so worthless that anyone could have it and it not be a surprise. But Cody having the belt plus his paper bag/crazy ass masked guy gimmick made him an amazing heel. He went from making me want to fast forward to making me want to watch him finally get beat. That's the type of heat a true heel is supposed to generate. Then he started talking about wanting to restore the IC title back to its former glory and prestige. I took it with a grain a salt and was like, more power to you, but I don't see how you're actually going to make it happen.
But then the unthinkable happened when he debuted the return of the old school belt, fully equipped with the white leather strap. When that happened, Cody Rhodes in my book went immediately from being a successful heel superstar to one of my favorite guys on the roster. Now you can see the mask is gone (he doesn't need it anymore because he's super over) and he looks like he's putting on some weight. All in all, Cody Rhodes is molding himself into the main event of the VERY near future.
I'm usually really good at seeing brand new guys debut and being able to predict who is going to be big and who isn't. But I will stand with God as my witness and say that Cody Rhodes has 100% proven me wrong. He's the man, and the best from him is definitely yet to come. Thanks for reading, and have a nice day!