Cody Rhodes learned a lot from Randy Orton in the early portion of his professional wrestling career.
The pair worked alongside Ted DiBiase Jr. in the Legacy stable in WWE from 2008 to 2010. After their run, Rhodes embarked on a singles career in which he won two Intercontinental Championships. In 2016 he decided to leave WWE and prove himself as a serious singles talent on the independent scene.
Rhodes has had phenomenal runs with both New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Ring Of Honor (ROH). He is also affiliated with The Bullet Club and won his first World Title with ROH last year from Christopher Daniels at the “Best In The World” pay-per-view (PPV).
While Rhodes has been working on himself in the indies, Orton is still prominently featured on WWE TV over on SmackDown Live. Last night, he cut a promo on “indy darlings” and threw shade at The Bullet Club for stealing The Kliq’s ‘Too Sweet’ hand gesture.
This seemed to upset one fan on Twitter, who Tweeted at Cody Rhodes and asked him to ‘go off’ on Orton. Rhodes said that Orton could call him “a rat piece of sh!&” and he still wouldn’t have a bad thing to say about “The Viper.” He also put Orton over for teaching him so much during the early days of his career and gave him credit for the amount of success he saw at that time:
@CodyRhodes i dislike you but please go the fuck off on randy orton.
— BIRTHDAY QUEEN(-_•) (@moaningreigns_) July 25, 2018
You crazy?! Randy could call me a rat piece of sh!& and I wouldn’t care ha.
Without him I wouldn’t have cleared a million dollars by 24 without a college education. Learned a lot about wrestling from him, and pretty much everything I know about travel from him. “Ice cream” https://t.co/9oQ6E6sNNW
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) July 25, 2018