Cody Rhodes

  • Born: 06/30/1985 in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Birthname: Cody Garrett Runnels
  • Height & Weight: 6'2", 220 Ib
Titles Won:
  • AEW TNT Championship (3 times)
  • NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • IWGP United States Championship
  • ROH World Championship
  • ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship – with The Young Bucks
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
  • WWE Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Drew McIntyre (1) and Goldust (2)
  • World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Hardcore Holly (1) and Ted DiBiase Jr.(2)

Rhodes rose to prominence during his first tenure with WWE from 2006 to 2016, where he performed under his real name, as well as under the gimmick and ring name Stardust, an overly deep, dramatic, and sparkling spin-off gimmick of his half-brother’s Goldust character. Rhodes has also wrestled for various other notable promotions, including Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Ring of Honor (ROH), and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Outside of wrestling, he serves as a judge on the competition series Go-Big Show, and stars with his wife Brandi Rhodes on the reality show Rhodes to the Top.

Rhodes is the son of wrestler Dusty Rhodes and the half-brother of fellow wrestler Dustin Rhodes. After an amateur wrestling career that resulted in him becoming a two-time Georgia state champion, he followed his father and older brother’s footsteps into the professional ranks and joined WWE in 2006, initially being assigned to the company’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).

After becoming a Triple Crown Champion in OVW, he was promoted to WWE’s main roster in 2007 and remained there for nine years, performing under his real name and later under the gimmick of Stardust. During his time with WWE, Rhodes became a two-time Intercontinental Champion and was a prolific tag team wrestler, winning six world tag team championships (three World Tag Team Championships and three WWE Tag Team Championships) with four separate tag team partners. Rhodes left WWE after requesting his release in May 2016.

Following his departure from WWE, Rhodes began wrestling on the independent circuit, also making several appearances in TNA; he wrestled under the shortened name Cody, due to WWE owning the Cody Rhodes name, until 2020 when WWE surrendered their trademark. In the time frame spanning from early 2016 to early 2017, he competed at WWE’s WrestleMania, ROH’s Final Battle, and NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom events, as well as appearing for Impact Wrestling (formerly TNA) at Bound for Glory. In September 2017, Rhodes wrestled in ROH, where he became a one-time ROH World Champion. He would later become a one-time IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion and a one-time ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion (with The Young Bucks).

In September 2018, he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (due to ROH’s partnership with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)), with he and Dusty becoming the first father and son to win the title. All totaled between WWE, AEW, NWA, ROH, and NJPW, Rhodes has held 15 championships, including two world titles, and in early fall 2018 held the NWA World, IWGP U.S., and ROH Six-Man titles simultaneously.

In January 2019, Rhodes was unveiled as an executive vice president of the newly formed AEW, where he would also serve as a wrestler. During his run in AEW, he became the inaugural holder of the AEW TNT Championship in May 2020, and would win the championship a record three times. After failing to negotiate a new contract, Rhodes relinquished his position as an EVP and he and his wife departed AEW in February 2022. He returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38 that April, defeating Seth Rollins.

Other Notable Achievements

A1 Tag Team Championship – with Ethan Page

GFW NEX*GEN Championship

OVW Heavyweight Championship

OVW Television Championship

OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Shawn Spears

Fourth OVW Triple Crown Champion

Amateur Wrestling – Sixth at 171 pounds (78 kg) weight class (2002), Champion at 189 pounds (86 kg) weight class (2003), Champion at 189 pounds (86 kg) weight class (2004).