The Legacy Of Cody Rhodes: Future Star To Forgotten Midcard

Justin LaBar

Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase have been tag partners for over a year. I think for the majority of the time, more people would give votes to DiBiase as having a better look, sound, and overall ability. For all of that time, it didn’t really matter because Legacy was always together. They won and loss together, one person never really got put over or less than another.

The split of Legacy appears to be just a few more episodes away from being official. Its the best news in over a year for Ted DiBiase and hopefully for Cody Rhodes sake, its not the last news he gets from the WWE prior to a “wishing best in his future endeavors” letter.

Honestly, I don’t think Cody Rhodes is anywhere near the point of consideration to be released. His father is very involved with the inner workings of WWE programming. Wrestling has been in Cody’s family for more than 20 years which lends some natural talent to him, and being in the shadow of one of the best, Randy Orton, will teach you a few things as well.

Rhodes doesn’t lack in-ring ability but I do feel he lacks certain attributes that is going to elevate him and his game. His ring attire and body language from curtain to ring is something modeled after Ric Flair, except Rhodes substitutes the flashy robes that Flair wore for the sleeveless shirts to show off his mini pythons. Ric Flair as a model to try and sculpt your wrestling career off of is a great choice, but make sure your feet are the right shape and size for the shoes your stepping into.

I love the recent weeks that we have seen more of Rhodes and DiBiase in singles matches because its a good chance to see how things are going to be in the future. His athletic, former college wide receiver size, in-ring movements, and the marketing of a movie behind him indicates a lot of positive things to come for Ted DiBiase.

Cody Rhodes on the other hand seems to get short end of the legacy stick. Hopefully in the future some personality or entertaining elements to his character are added. Randy Orton was once a vanilla, young face who eventually got some transformations that led him to who he is today, so clearly more time and growth could transform a guy like Rhodes.

I do worry for his immediate future and it potentially taking him out of the fast lane of being involved with the main event stars stable, to the slow exit ramp of dark matches.

The series of DiBiase versus Orton matches are getting closer as each week goes on. What does Rhodes do during that? Probably stays heel and is still the lackey for Orton. What about after that? Probably feuds with DiBiase for a little bit.

Okay, so a feud with his former partner may provides some great singles time to develop more elements of his character to really connect with the crowd, as a heel or a face. But if certain improvements in Cody Rhodes are not made, a singles feud with DiBiase could result in Rhodes being outworked and DiBiase carrying the load.

The feud would eventually conclude and if Rhodes is still as one-dimensional as he comes across now, he is going to have to slip some extra cash to get some help to his “American Dream” dad to push creative to find something else for him. If I was Cody, I’d be sure its enough cash to ensure he doesn’t end up on Superstars each week or partnering with his half-brother Goldust on ECW.

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