There’s no doubt that Cody Rhodes is now a bigger star than he ever was during his time with WWE. The son of WWE Hall Of Famer Dusty Rhodes signed with WWE back in 2006 where he was groomed in the company’s then-developmental territory of Ohio Valley Wrestling. He was eventually brought up to the main roster in July of 2007 when he began teaming with Hardcore Holly on Monday Night Raw. After spending 10 years with WWE, which included six Tag Team Title victories and two Intercontinental Championship runs, Rhodes decided to depart from the company.
Since then, he has worked for the likes of Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, NWA, and many more. He even co-promoted the tremendously successful All In pay-per-view alongside The Young Bucks this past September. In the past few years away from WWE, Rhodes has won a pair of World Championships for both ROH and NWA and is the current IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.
Recently, Rhodes took to Twitter to respond to wrestling fans who believe that WWE “squandered” him during his time with the company. Rhodes clarified that WWE was a great environment for him to learn and grow within the business. However, he developed different aspirations and went elsewhere:
“They didn’t squander me at all. It was a great place to learn, travel, and grow-up across TV sets. Helped shape the business side of me forever. I just had different aspirations and saw a different path I wanted to take.”
They didn’t squander me at all. It was a great place to learn, travel, and grow-up across TV sets. Helped shape the business side of me forever. I just had different aspirations and saw a different path I wanted to take.
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) December 26, 2018
Rhodes is currently expected to be a part of the start-up AEW promotion in 2019, along with the likes of The Young Bucks, which has caused quite the buzz amongst the professional wrestling community. Although he has accomplished an incredible amount since leaving WWE in 2016, the biggest accomplishments of his career may still be ahead of “The American Nightmare.”