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STATE OF THE 'E: It's Only Smoke And Mirrors

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I know, I know "WHERE THE HELL IS PART 3 OF FCW?!?!?!?" fact of the matter is, there's other things I feel like I want to talk about. We'll eventually get back to FCW, I promise. But, there's something I've been wanting to discuss full on for a while now. And that is: Cody Rhodes.

Yes, one of the hottest topics in WWE right now, holder of the Intercontinental Championship and a damn fine all around athlete. This man has developed from a mediocre performer into one of the most solid guys THE 'E has on their entire roster. And this is QUITE an achievement for a man a couple years ago everyone wrote off as just another "Generational Star Doomed To Suffer".

When he first got into THE 'E, he struggled quite a bit. They teamed him with Hardcore Holly eventually and they created a "Mentor/Pupil" role for one another. Things were going very smooth for Cody as he picked up the Tag-Team Championships , his first WWE Gold. This was a great accomplishment for someone new to the 'biz and for someone who was teamed with Holly.

Holly didn't take to kindly to the younger guys and went legit with quite a few of them. And it didn't help that Cody was the son of Dusty Rhodes. Holly always felt threatened and lashed out against everyone backstage. This was something that Cody was unfortunately feeling the wrath of with his character and the split that happened when Ted DiBiase was brought onto the scene. The aging, crazy Holly was taken away and given his "Future Endeavors" and the new tag-team of "Priceless" was created. Of course now a young team like this needs guidance, in steps Randy Orton.

Under this trifecta, "Legacy" was born. They tried a fourth member quite a few times but it never panned out. Legacy was rather mediocre to be honest. Nothing truly great came from the team. Tag-Team Championships for Cody/Ted of course and WWE Championship for Orton but, nothing ever actually felt... special.

A few months down the road, the team split up and had a three-way match against each other. It basically turned into "Pricelss" against Orton but in the end, the Master prevailed over his pupils. WrestleMania XXVI saw what everyone thought would be the end for Cody Rhodes. Many people were writing him off. Everyone thought Ted was going to get the rub, and technically, they were right. He was thrown in with The Million Dollar Championship, give Maryse, the main role in "The Marine II" (Electric Bugaloo)... all of it. In no uncertain terms, THE 'E made it undoubtedly clear who they were getting behind.

Then, it flopped. DiBiase turned out to be still VERY green on his own. No charisma, no mat skill, just bland and blah. Cody however was given no gimmicks for a bit and flopped around aimlessly. All of that changed for him when they gave him the "Dashing" gimmick. Many people started paying attention to his tips and tricks for becoming a well groomed male... how to brush your teeth, wash your hair, clean this, do that... everything. He became an internet darling and his theme music rocked.

All of a sudden with that gimmick, he took off. THE 'E apparently didn't want that for some reason... so, they had Rey Mysterio do the 619 and it "turned him disfigured." (In his own, "twisted" mind of course.) and it honestly felt like he was going to be doing "the job". They took away a gimmick that should have been on fire.

This "undashing" gimmick was something to bury him, point blank. For some reason though, he rised above it and turned it into something interesting and new. This gimmick has been going VERY strong now since Marchish. It lead him to a WrestleMania XXVII victory against the very person who made him "disfigured" in the first place, Rey Mysterio. That match solidified his place as a next generation star who will take his career to crazy heights.

As the months rolled on, THE 'E rewarded him and gave him even more layers to his gimmick and even gave Ted something to do for a few weeks. Cody beat Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship over two months ago now and is still going strong, tonight he even beat his former master, Randy Orton.

2010 and now 2011 have proven to be very successful years for Cody, they're giving him the "slow build" which is something we haven't honestly seen since The Miz rose to prominence. The cream always rises to the top as they say. And it seems like Cody will be at the top soon enough. I actually wrote about this close to 3 and a half months ago now.

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[QUOTE]3.) CODY RHODES - Yes. A million times yes. Remember when we all thought DiBiase would be the major breakout star from The Legacy? Yeah, look at the egg on our face now, eh? Good thing we have these paper bags over our heads to save ourselves. I'm awaiting the day when he finally steps up and all the smoke and mirrors finally go away. He needs a singles Championship. Stat![/QUOTE]

I for one am glad that he didn't disappear behind those smoke and mirrors. I cannot wait to see what the future hold for him, I honestly believe he is in the top 3 of the future of THE 'E.

I'm done on this one, please leave comments, tell me how pretty I am and bash me if you want as well. See Ya' Space Cowboy...

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  1. steveorton's Avatar
    Great blog. One thing though I can't recall anyone wanting to be a fourth member of Legacy, they offered batista but he declined and Manu was forced out in the the beginning. But I do agree All Rhodes Lead To Victory.
  2. nosellshogan's Avatar
    Cody Rhodes has become one of my favorites and honestly is one of the very few bright spots in wwe and one of the few reasons I still tune in.My only question for Cody is how far can he go with this gimmick and what afterwards if it does begin to fade ? I see Cody as one of those guys that could end up like a Kurt Henning type of guy from the standpoint he may never need a world title and he defines what it is to be an IC title holder without it being a bad thing.Kurt Henning is a legend but never held a world championship and maybe thats what cody will become.For some reason at least as he currently is I don't see him as a world champ and that isn't necessarily a negative thing.He could become that standard for what it means to be a great IC holder and still be able to hang with and beat the world title holders without ever holding it.I just hope he dosen't fade off.
  3. midian's Avatar
    Great blog, I actually thought that Ted would be the bigger star out of the both of them.Had this discussion with a friend a a couple of years back asking ourselves what is wrong with Cody?he had the look,the Mic skills and the moves,we pondered this for a while until I blurted out he needs a gimmick.Since then he has had not just 1 but 2 great gimmicks and has become (in Bookers words)
    part of my fave 5 in WWE.
  4. dub's Avatar
    I too thought ted would be a bigger star *insert foot in mouth* boy was I wrong. But I am curious to know why the WWE didn't give Ted a "gimmick" to work with? He was just recycled as his dad pretty much. That spelled doom from the get go.
  5. Sahu's Avatar
    when legacy ended..I felt both ted n cody will fade away...but, when they gave Maryse n Million Dollar championship to Ted..I felt he's going to make big...but, his in ring action n even mic skills r horrible...Of Cody, I never liked Dashing tips..I hated them.. but I liked his in ring abilities..honestly..I always waited for a big change in Cody's gimmick over the foundation of his dashing tips..esp when he started saving his face frm kicks..I felt one fella's gonna twist his face n his gimmick is gonna changed..I felt that will be BShow with his punch...but, it turned out to be Rey..n that was gud for cody..no one can believe if Cody beats Show...but rey is a gud choice..n now he had his gimmick so strong that we can believe even if he beats Show now...

    Gr8 Going Cody..Hope u make a gr8 IC champ..don hurrry for WC!!!
  6. squarecircle's Avatar
    You are way over-analyzing things here - making it sound like there was some kind of conspiracy to bury Cody and promote DiBiase.

    The way you get buried at THE E' is if you go missing from the TV show for a long period of time, and then boom ... you get fired, ala. Chris Masters

    The only reason DiBiase got pushed first was simply because the Million Dollar Champion gimmick of his father was easier for creative to work with. It was a no brainer. The gimmick worked for his father, so the chances were good it would work for the son as well. It turned out to be a bust. DiBiase Jr. doesn't really have the personality and looks of a stuck up rich millionaire - like his father.

    In case you haven't noticed, Cody Rhodes isn't exactly like his father. His father never really had a gimmick either. So for Cody, creative needed more time to come up with something to help Cody get over.

    The "dashing" gimmick is a good gimmick to get noticed. But it suffers from the same problem that Val Venis had with the "pornstar" gimmick. If you use the gimmick for too long, it sticks on to you in a negative way ... like in a *gay* way.

    So injuring Cody's dashing face was a great way of turning Cody "angry", hence preventing Cody from getting the *gay* vibe attached to him. And we know, the best heels are the ones who are always *pissed-off*.

    Now more importantly, its all about timing. The wrestling business is all about timing.

    With the retirement of Edge, HBK, and injuries to Rey, Cody's current push can be attributed to THE E's need to get more wrestlers over with the fans. In the same fashion, had it not been for Edge and HBK's retirements, guys like CM PUNK and DEL RIO may not have had the kind of push that they are getting right now. (Well, Del Rio's push is more about THE E' targeting the Latino audience for $$).

    The E' has already invested a lot in Cody. So like an investment, Cody is getting his push now because THE E' needs another young wrestler to step up to fill the current void due to a shortage of stars over with the fans.

    The more stars that are over with the fans ... the more money The E' makes. Remember, at the end of the day, it's all about the $money$.
    Updated 09-16-2011 at 09:51 AM by squarecircle
  7. CM_SUXX_NOT's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by squarecircle
    You are way over-analyzing things here - making it sound like there was some kind of conspiracy to bury Cody and promote DiBiase.

    The way you get buried at THE E' is if you go missing from the TV show for a long period of time, and then boom ... you get fired, ala. Chris Masters

    The only reason DiBiase got pushed first was simply because the Million Dollar Champion gimmick of his father was easier for creative to work with. It was a no brainer. The gimmick worked for his father, so the chances were good it would work for the son as well. It turned out to be a bust. DiBiase Jr. doesn't really have the personality and looks of a stuck up rich millionaire - like his father.

    In case you haven't noticed, Cody Rhodes isn't exactly like his father. His father never really had a gimmick either. So for Cody, creative needed more time to come up with something to help Cody get over.

    The "dashing" gimmick is a good gimmick to get noticed. But it suffers from the same problem that Val Venis had with the "pornstar" gimmick. If you use the gimmick for too long, it sticks on to you in a negative way ... like in a *gay* way.

    So injuring Cody's dashing face was a great way of turning Cody "angry", hence preventing Cody from getting the *gay* vibe attached to him. And we know, the best heels are the ones who are always *pissed-off*.

    Now more importantly, its all about timing. The wrestling business is all about timing.

    With the retirement of Edge, HBK, and injuries to Rey, Cody's current push can be attributed to THE E's need to get more wrestlers over with the fans. In the same fashion, had it not been for Edge and HBK's retirements, guys like CM PUNK and DEL RIO may not have had the kind of push that they are getting right now. (Well, Del Rio's push is more about THE E' targeting the Latino audience for $$).

    The E' has already invested a lot in Cody. So like an investment, Cody is getting his push now because THE E' needs another young wrestler to step up to fill the current void due to a shortage of stars over with the fans.

    The more stars that are over with the fans ... the more money The E' makes. Remember, at the end of the day, it's all about the $money$.
    Back when you weren't talking about SUPER CM PUNK all the time...
    And when you had freedom to say whatever you felt like saying

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