Following the demise of Legacy in early 2010, Cody Rhodes joined the ranks of singles competition on the SmackDown brand. By 2011, Rhodes was garnering a significant amount of steam and was one of the longest reigning Intercontinental Champions in quite some time.
After scoring various victories over the likes of Booker T, Randy Orton and other established stars, Rhodes' strong momentum came to a screeching halt at WrestleMania 28 when he dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Big Show. Although he managed to regain the gold at the subsequent pay-per-view Extreme Rules, it was only three weeks before he was back to square one upon dropping the strap to the returning Christian at Over the Limit.
Since then, Rhodes has floundered in both the mid-card and tag team divisions without much success. His alliance with Damien Sandow as the Rhodes Scholars had true potential, but WWE failed to strike the iron while it was hot and didn't allow them to win the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Nowadays, Rhodes is utilized as an enhancement talent for the likes of John Cena, Sheamus, Randy Orton and others on the the main shows. His lack of story-line at the moment may play a factor in that, as Rhodes hasn't been featured in a meaningful feud in the longest time.
Prior to WrestleMania 29, it looked as if Rhodes had set his sights on Divas Champion Kaitlyn, who apparently has an infatuation with mustaches. The two flirted on a number of occasions during backstage segments, but the story-line was abruptly dropped for unknown reasons.
In recent weeks, Kaitlyn has been receiving messages from an anonymous admirer who many people believe is Cody Rhodes. It all makes perfect sense, but you can leave it to WWE to mangle the angle by having Hornswoggle be revealed as the mystery man.
Nonetheless, I still have hope that Rhodes could ultimately be involved in this angle in some form or fashion. Even if the admirer ends up being Damien Sandow, it could be explained that he only wanted to break Rhodes' heart and set him straight in the grand scheme of things.
Of course, this would mean that Rhodes would have to turn face sooner rather than later. While I strongly believe that the multi-generation star makes for a better heel, turning him face is the only thing left to do with him at this point in time.
There is no doubt in my mind that Rhodes is a future World Champion, but I can't see him ascending the ladder in WWE at the rate he's going at. He's not a threat to the title whatsoever, but that can easily be changed by altering his character a bit by transitioning him into becoming a fan favorite.
It's been nearly five years since we've seen Rhodes work as a face, so the turn would certainly feel fresh. I, for one, simply can't take him seriously with the comedic mustache he's currently sporting, so shaving that atrocious thing off could turn him face almost immediately.
As entertaining as his tandem with Sandow has been, it hasn't gotten him anywhere and it's time to have them go their separate ways. Pitting the two against one another could give both individuals something to do, especially if Kaitlyn is the prized possession they're fighting over.
With Kaitlyn now feuding with AJ Lee over the Divas title, it's very possible that Rhodes' relationship with the blonde bombshell could lead him to feud with Ziggler over the World title belt. As previously noted, I don't foresee Rhodes finally winning the big one by the end of the year, but being in contention for the strap could test the waters for an eventual run in the main event scene.
Here's hoping that Cody Rhodes embraces the WWE Universe sooner rather than later, as he is in desperate need of a repackaging and new gimmick. At the young age of 27, he still has his whole career ahead of him, but that doesn't mean WWE should let his tremendous talent waste away in the lower mid-card.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and feel free to drop a comment below with your thoughts on a potential face turn for Cody Rhodes. As always, your criticism and overall feedback on my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
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