For years now, the WWE Universe has seen Cody Rhodes as being right on the edge of being a Main Event Superstar. With each passing year, they would say he was getting closer and closer to the Main Event. After holding the Intercontinental Title for one of the longest reigns in history, one might even expect that he was destined to be in line for the big title at some point. Now, after changing his gimmick entirely to a spin off of sorts of his brother Goldust, some wrestling insiders think his chances of main event stardom are gone for good.
Ironically, much was said about Goldust when he first came through the wrestling business. He tried the whole “son of Dusty” road and it didn’t really pan out for him either. He then trail blazed his own destiny by making Goldust a household name to wrestling fans. Now, Cody is Stardust and they own the WWE World Tag Team Championship. While you can’t argue with the gold around his waist, the switch might hurt him in the long run.
Take a look at his brother. Goldust saw incredible opportunities in his wrestling career, but none of them were of the highest World Champion caliber. Never was he put in line for the big one…the WWE Championship. Why? Characters like Goldust or other similarly nutty, over the top guys are never given the biggest title. It makes no sense for business as Triple H would say.
Now, Cody has gone over to the nutty side. He is Stardust.
I will say this…he has dove into the character headlong and made it work. At least he is entertaining as a character now rather than just being Cody. I loved the Cody Rhodes character when he wore the mask. That was something that he could sink his teeth into. This character is even more juicy, however ridiculous it might be.
It is my opinion that Cody Rhodes has actually saved his career in WWE by turning into Stardust. Perhaps it is the impetus that he needed to carve out a niche and stay relevant in the world of ever changing wants and needs from the company.
Another thing I like about Stardust is the unpredictable nature of the character. He could pretty much do anything and attribute it to his nutty character. That unpredictability is completely missing in the WWE these days. Perhaps one day they will let the gates back open and go Attitude.
Until then, we have Stardust.