Originally Posted by URATOOL
My view of a successful championship reign might differ from yours so let me clarify; a successful title reign is one that involves defending the title against differing opponents (featuring a selective few programs with specific individuals to focus around the desire for said title), it helps to build up both the public view of the athlete AND the title, and it helps to elevate both the athlete in the future as well as his successor (for a small window before the successor has to prove his worth in carrying the belt on his own) when the title changes hands. This may be a "classic" view on things, but it is how I see it.
That being said, let's say (for the sake of argument), you become a fan of Country music. You go out and buy the cowboy hats, the boots, the belt buckles, even purchasing an "old, beat up Chevy" because of how much you say you love Country music. You can list off the top country music stars; past and present. You proudly wear your clothes to bars, tipping your hat to every female you see. To those who pass you by, you indeed look like a "country music fan". This is the equivalent of what you are saying Cody did by "referencing the title, being confident in his reign, and changing the belt design (a decision that was not made by Rhodes)."
Now let me pose this question; would you be a country music fan if you never listened to country music, bought a country mp3, or attended a country music concert? Relate this back to Cody with the belt for a second; is he a "successful InterContinental Champion" if he never defended the belt? This isn't a debate on how Cody "carried around the belt"; it's about the reign of an IC champion. Cody walked in his boots, he told all those who would listen about how much he cared about something, and he even changed the look to fit what the appearance SHOULD be, but does that alone make his reign "successful" to you? If so, then we have differing opinions, which is why I explained my definition of a "successful title reign". My point wasn't to slander Rhodes but to bring to light the fact that Barrett has done over 50% (in regards to defending) in his reign as champion in 90 days than what Cody did in 200+... Minus being the one who held the belt when creative decided to change the belt design, talk about the prop he was currently holding (which Barrett does as well), and come across as a "confident individual."