Trivia / Cody Rhodes

  • Creator Backlash: When he was granted his release by WWE, he admitted he had wanted to drop his "half-cocked" Stardust gimmick up to six months beforehand, but writers ignored his pleas. In addition, it was also rumored that WWE Officials also wanted Cody to bleach his hair blond so that he could look a lot like Goldust, but Cody rejected the idea.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Narciss Prince, after the Super Punch-Out character who would go into similar freakouts if you dared to hit him in the face.
    • Prior to his "Dashing" and "Undashing" gimmick, there was CAWdy Rhodes, for seemingly resembling a generic grappler you'd make in a wrestling game's Create A Wrestler (CAW) mode.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: While Cody can pull off amazing heel personas, many fans and wrestlers can attest that he's one of the nicest and most genuine people in the industry.
  • Old Shame: In one interview, the issue of a common dream match among fans being Cody versus Goldust at WrestleMania was brought up, and the interviewer mentions that the closer there was to it was the Stardust vs. Goldust match at Fastlane 2015 (widely regarded as underwhelming and ending with what looked like a botched pin). Cody first reaction to it was to say "Terrible! Terrible! Godawful."
  • One of Us:
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The 'firing' angle that led to his and Goldust's return and subsequent WWE Tag Title reign started as a way to write Cody off TV temporarily so he could get married.
  • Romance on the Set: Married to Brandi Runnels (nee Reed), who worked as an announcer as Eden Stiles on NXT.
  • Star-Making Role: Look at Cody's career on the independent circuit and it's... okay. He gets a push at Joey Matthews's promotion but that quickly stalls. Global Force Wrestling is interested too, but they prove equally inconsistent, and besides them, Cody's basically there to make the established champion look better. That is until a clip at New Japan's World Tag League shows Cody joining Bullet Club. Suddenly he's beating top tier wrestlers regularly, winning several title belts, getting interviewed by multiple magazines, has t shirts in Hot Topic... amazing what a simple video package can do.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before switching to Stardust, Cody was apparently pegged to play a new Heel character; the head of Rhodes Industries, in a not-so original Shout-Out to Iron Man to probably capitalize on the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to mention playing on his nerdy tendencies and love for Marvel. His wife would have taken the role of his secretary similar to Pepper Potts.
    • In a recent interview, Cody revealed that before he left WWE in 2016 (which was before the brand split) WWE had an interesting idea. Cody was going to be on both Raw and SmackDown Live. One show he would be Cody Rhodes. The other, he would've been Stardust.
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