Cody Rhodes
professional wrestler
Cody Rhodes
Cody Garrett Runnels is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, better known by his ring name Cody Rhodes. Runnels is the half-brother of Goldust as well as the son of Dusty Rhodes, and worked as a referee in his father's promotion during high school. Runnels started wrestling professionally in 2006, using his real name, wrestling for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Lethal Weapon' on Fox
LATimes - 4 months
SERIES Arrow Cody Rhodes (WWE) guest stars as a drug dealer who becomes the quarry of Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) — who Oliver (Stephen Amell) doesn’t think is ready for the battle — in this new episode. Emily Bett Rickards also stars. 8 p.m. KTLA Lethal Weapon The investigation of a former Navy...
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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Match Time and Statistics
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Let's break down some numbers from the 2014 Royal Rumble, shall we? The 2014 Royal Rumble match lasted 55 minutes and 9 seconds (55m 09s). This match featured Roman Reigns tossing out 12 superstars with ease before falling victim to Batista. This post includes all of the important numbers you need to know about the timing of the match. Here is a text graphic that displays much of the information discussed below, including a chronological listing of who the longest lasting men were at any given point in the match. The graphic provides a quick visual way to understand which wrestlers dominated the 2014 Royal Rumble match as time progressed, as well as seeing how crowded the ring was at any given point. And if you really want to dig deeper, the graphic also includes time stamps for when each wrestler stepped foot into the ring as well as time stamps for each wrestler's elimination. For comparison's sake, here are other versions of this gra ...
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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 match card and rumors (Updated)
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Here's the latest on the second biggest pro wrestling card of the year. The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the Royal Rumble event set to take place on Sun., Jan. 26, 2014, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company's annual beginning of the year showcase that will crown the next number one contender to the WWE world heavyweight championship. We're now just one week away from showtime and three matches on the card are official. - Randy Orton vs. John Cena (WWE world heavyweight championship) The rematch! Actually, this is like the 678th time these two will have wrestled each other and is perhaps the defining feud of the past 10 years in WWE. That's why it's so easy to bill this as a mega-match, though it's really not. - Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show HOSS FIGHT. - Royal Rumble There are now 16 confirmed participants in the match. They are: Batista Alberto Del Rio Big E Langston The Miz R-Truth Xavier Woods Kofi Kingston Co ...
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Preview for the October 7, 2013 episode of WWE Raw: Hunter's Crossing
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
What you need to know There is still no WWE champion. After weeks of indentured servitude and abuse at the hands of Chief Operating Officer (COO) HHH and especially his wife Stephanie McMahon, Big Show snapped last night at Battleground. The title was already held in abeyance due to suspicions of referee impropriety at Night of Champions. And it remains there following Show knocking out everyone but the timekeeper from last night's main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to decide who would hold the gold. Show wasn't the only one who went off of The Game's script last night. Cody Rhodes and Goldust shocked the tag team champs and thrilled the world with an amazing victory that means their father keeps his job with WWE Developmental, and that they are both employed with the company again. At least for now... As Eddie Dane would say, Paul Heyman was only half-smart last night. Whether it was a distraction gone wrong or his emotions getting the better of him, ...
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WWE Raw segment ratings for July 29: Cena still hot, Shield really not
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
There's a certain segment of the pro wrestling fanbase who couldn't care less about television ratings. And while I can understand why that might be the case, we know WWE often makes knee jerk decisions based solely on the numbers they get back from Nielson. That alone makes them important. So let's look at the numbers from this week's (July 29, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw (estimates come by way of the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which you should have a subscription for): The show opened to a 2.87 rating for the Vince McMahon interaction with Daniel Bryan, the one that was reportedly heavily edited because old Vinny Mac was off his game. It came across okay on TV. The Shield vs. The Usos & Mark Henry lost 409,000 viewers. A loss in this slot isn't unexpected but that's a pretty big drop. Looks like the beloved Hounds of Justice are suffering for their perceived backstage slights. Ryback destroying poor guy in catering and the Wyatt Family promo ...
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WWE Money in the Bank Predictions and Preview: John Cena vs. Mark Henry, and more!
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) tomorrow night (Sun., July 14, 2013) live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with its Money in the Bank event starting at 7:30 p.m. ET with the free live streaming pre-show featuring The Shield vs. The Usos leading right on into the PPV main course at 8 p.m. ET. And it's a loaded line-up. John Cena and Mark Henry will be rumbling in the main event in a WWE championship match that looks like it could live up to the admittedly low expectations set for it. The rest of the line-up is solid as a brick, too. That includes the two Money in the Bank ladder matches (WWE title featuring CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam, Sheamus, Christian, Randy Orton and World title featuring Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Fandango, Wade Barrett), AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn in a Diva's title match, Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler in a world heavyweight championship encounter, Curtis Axel defending his ...
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WWE Money in the Bank match previews: Featuring John Cena vs. Mark Henry, the All-Star Ladder Match for a WWE title shot and more!
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Breaking down the 2013 edition of "Money in the Bank" with complete previews for every advertised match on the card. The show will feature John Cena vs. Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio, two ladder matches for guaranteed title shots and more! Don't miss WWE's 2013 Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV). Live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, the show is headlined by a WWE championship match, but is known for its signature ladder match. This year there are TWO - and All-Star version for a contract to challenge for the WWE title and a Futures line-up competing for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship (WHC). The action starts Sunday, July 14 with a free streaming pre-show at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT, while the PPV broadcast will begin at 8PM ET/5PM PT. For all the ways to watch this annual event, consult your cable or satellite directory, or The show features Two of the eponymous concept matches, as seven six All-Stars (Daniel B ...
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WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (June 10): Payback go home show
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (June 10, 2013) from the Richmond, Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, featuring the go home show to the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) set for this Sunday night at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. And it was a goodie. Click here for full results and the live blog from the show if you missed it. Let's get right to reactions. Remember, these were written as the show moved along with real time reactions to everything that occurred hour-by-hour. HOUR ONE They're actually going ahead with this match? That seems odd. Yep, they're really going along with it. Wait, here comes Vince McMahon, strutting and all. Oh, this is phenomenal. Vince tells him to ring the bell and Justin Roberts tell us it's a disqualification in favor of Curtis Axel. Triple H is pissed and this is awesome. Axel and Paul Heyman are literally pointing and laughing at Triple H. He's still undefeated. Oh god, it's gotten better. Trips tries a ...
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Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling: Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 - Brock Lesnar returns, new Aces & 8s members
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
Hello, Cagesiders! Welcome to the fifth Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling of 2013! One day late due to work commitments, but we're here to help you catch up just as Monday Night Raw kicks off the next seven days in sports entertainment history. WWE Raw (Jan. 28th) WWE was in Las Vegas for the night, so it was time to roll out the Raw Roulette gimmick once again. An irate CM Punk lashed out at the people about being screwed out of the WWE title the night before at the Royal Rumble. Vince McMahon was sick and tired of his crap. Moreover, Vince claimed that he had proof that Punk had been working with The Shield all along and that Paul Heyman was involved too. Thus, he would be giving Heyman a performance review in the main event segment tonight. Randy Orton pinned Antonio Cesaro with the RKO in a match refereed by The Miz. After the match, Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro. Ryback spun the wheel and got Make Me Laugh. His unlucky opponents - The Prime Time ...
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WWE SmackDown spoilers for Jan. 11: The Rock returns, Show vs. Del Rio for the title
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Jan. 11, 2013) from Miami, Florida, but the show was taped, as usual, on Tuesday night. That means full spoilers are readily available if you're the impatient type who doesn't want to wait a couple days for the payoff. Unwrap that present early (via Wrestling Observer): -- This is genius, actually, but they aired a pre-tape from CM Punk with Paul Heyman featuring the two of them at SunLife Stadium with Punk wearing Rock's old University of Miami jersey. He ripped the school and The Rock, of course, specifically making mention of the fact that it's been an entire decade since he was last on SmackDown. -- Well, he was there and holy shit was he over. The chants were loud and sustained, from all the usual stuff and now cookie puss. He pandered to the home crowd, bringing up Flo-Rida and his old college teammates. Punk was not in the building, however, so that meant no interaction between the two. However ...
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WWE SmackDown spoilers for Nov. 23: The Survivor Series fallout show
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Nov. 23, 2012) from Grand Rapids but the show was taped, as usual, on Tuesday night. That means full spoilers are readily available if you're the impatient type who doesn't want to wait a couple days for the payoff. Unwrap that present early (via Wrestling Observer): -- Remember when I said John Cena would be working a dark match, as WWE has so often used him for when they advertise him for SmackDown tapings due to sagging ticket sales? Well, whoever suggested actually using him straight up for the show was right, because that's exactly what they did. -- The show kicked off with MizTV, which is starting to become the norm. Guess who his guest was? That's right, none other than Cena himself. You know where this one goes. AJ Lee ended up out there, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero both showed up, and it was more of the same from Raw with less spit swapping. -- Prime Time Players backstage segment being awe ...
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WWE Smackdown spoilers for Oct. 12: Randy Orton returns
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Oct. 12, 2012) from San Jose but the show was taped, as usual, on Tuesday night. That means full spoilers are readily available if you're the impatient type who doesn't want to wait a couple days for the payoff. Unwrap that present early (via - Sheamus def. Tensai with the White Noise and Brogue Kick. The Dot Net report notes Sheamus had no trouble picking up Tensai unlike The Ryback. - Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal def. Team CoBro. Drew McIntyre was out there with the heels and they got the victory because apparently WWE really is building up the JOB Squad. - Kane def. Dolph Ziggler via disqualification. Ziggler got himself DQ'ed by using the Money in the Bank briefcase. He tried to beat down Kane but Daniel Bryan came out and Team Hell No ended up going back-and-forth like they always do. Poor Matt Striker gets caught in the middle and ends up hurt for his trouble. - Big Show def. Kofi Ki ...
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Wrestler Wrankings: 2012 - 2013 Season, Week 25
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
Wrestler Wrankings™ Logo via Hollywood Wallace Welcome once again to Wrestler Wrankings, the humble scorekeeper for the world's premiere form of competetive sport. Recently, questions have abounded about Wrestler Wrankings and the purpose it serves to the wrestling community. I thought I'd use this platform to address these queries by restating the purpose of this column for the benefit of those that might not have been with us from the start. We already know that professional wrestling is the purest form of sport and that's why we love it. There is no better measure of a man (or diva) than how he fares in single combat against a worthy foe in a public arena. But in these modern times, wrestling has become more than that. There is an entire industry built upon the foundation of sport that often augments the in ring action, and sometimes overshadows it. Wrestlers are judged on how entertaining their ring entrance is, how cool their outfits are, how much merchand ...
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Pay-Per-View Pick 'Em Game: WWE 'Night of Champions' 2012 Edition
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The third event in the Cageside Seats Pay-Per-View Pick 'Em competition is upon us. It's WWE Night of Champions 2012 and it goes down this Sun., Sept. 16, 2012, from the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. The game is simple. We list the match-ups in this post, you pick who you think is going to win, post it in the comments section of this thread, and we'll tally the standings, which will be posted the Monday following the event. For each correct prediction of the undercard matches, you get one point and for correctly predicting the main event (whichever match goes on last), you get two points. This continues for every WWE and TNA PPV event until the end of the season, when the points will be added and a winner crowned. For complete details, including the spoils that will go to the victor, click here. Now onto the line up for Night of Champions: CM Punk vs. John Cena Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara vs. Cody Rho ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cody Rhodes
  • 2016
    Age 30
    In September 2016, Rhodes appeared for Big Time Wrestling in Morganton, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details He teamed up with The Rock & Roll Express on the Spartanburg event in a six-man tag team match.
    In July 2016, Rhodes was cast in a guest role on the fifth season of Arrow.
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    On July 19, 2016, Rhodes announced that he would appear at Ring of Honor's Final Battle pay-per-view on December 2.
    More Details Hide Details ROH made the official announcement the following day. Rhodes is expected to work events for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) while simultaneously working in Ring of Honor. Both deals are non-exclusive. On September 22, TNA confirmed Rhodes, billed simply as "Cody", would be debuting for the promotion on October 2 at Bound for Glory. At Bound for Glory Cody, alongside his wife Brandi, made his TNA debut as a face attacking Mike Bennett and his wife Maria Kanellis-Bennett to begin a feud between the two couples. In July 2009, Rhodes became one of the faces of the Gillette "Be a Superstar" advertising campaign, along with Chris Jericho and John Cena. "Be a Superstar" was a four-month-long interactive campaign, which featured the wrestlers in numerous videos promoting Gillette Fusion products. In August 2009, Rhodes appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
  • 2015
    Age 29
    In early February 2015, Goldust and Stardust were defeated by The Ascension and once again began tensions with Stardust showing his frustrations at Goldust.
    More Details Hide Details After the match, Goldust called Stardust "Cody" and Stardust responded by telling Goldust to never refer to him by that name again. On the February 16 episode of Raw, Stardust hit Cross Rhodes on Goldust after a tag match, dissolving the team. He then explained to his father that Cody Rhodes was dead and Dusty may as well be, too. This led to a match between Goldust and Stardust at Fastlane, which Goldust won via rollup. Afterwards, Stardust attacked Goldust backstage, while exclaiming to his father that he had killed Cody Rhodes. The feud between Stardust and Goldust ended when Stardust attacked Goldust after Goldust won a match against Adam Rose while pretending to be one of Rose's Rosebuds in a costume suit. The feud officially concluded as Stardust then became involved in the Intercontinental Championship ladder match at WrestleMania 31, competing against the current champion, Bad News Barrett, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, and the winner of the match, Daniel Bryan.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    In September 2013, Runnels married Brandi Reed, who worked for WWE as a ring announcer under the name Eden Stiles.
    More Details Hide Details His wrestling boots featured the Triforce symbol from The Legend of Zelda series of video games of which he is a fan; he has stated he replays A Link to the Past yearly. Runnels is also a comic book fan and has worn wrestling gear inspired by Archangel and Mister Sinister, characters from X-Men. He cites Omega Red and Cyclops as his favorite fictional characters, along with the Inhumans. He personally owns a game cabinet of the 1992 X-Men arcade game.
    On the January 7, 2013, Raw, Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Team Hell No in a non-title match to earn another shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details The title rematch took place on January 27 at the Royal Rumble, where Team Rhodes Scholars once again failed to capture the tag team titles. Later that night, Rhodes participated in the Rumble match and lasted for twenty seven minutes (the fourth longest of the match), eliminating four men including his half-brother Goldust, before being eliminated by the eventual winner John Cena. On the next SmackDown, Rhodes and Sandow mutually decided to dissolve Team Rhodes Scholars and remain "best friends". However, they reunited during the pre-show of Elimination Chamber on February 17, but were defeated by the team of Brodus Clay and Tensai. Rhodes and Sandow then aligned themselves with The Bella Twins as they began feuding with Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) and The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi). The two teams were originally booked to face each other in an eight-person mixed tag team match on April 7 at WrestleMania 29, but their match was cut due to time constraints. The match instead took place the following night on Raw, where Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls emerged victorious. On May 19, during the Extreme Rules pre-show, Rhodes was defeated by The Miz in a singles match.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    In the 2012 Royal Rumble match, Rhodes lasted over 40 minutes, and eliminated more wrestlers than other any other competitor with six, before he was eliminated by The Big Show.
    More Details Hide Details At Elimination Chamber Rhodes pinned Show in the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match, before being eliminated by Santino Marella. Rhodes spent the following weeks highlighting Show's embarrassing moments in previous WrestleManias, often costing Show to lose matches in the process. At WrestleMania XXVIII, Rhodes lost the Intercontinental Championship to Big Show, ending his near eight-month reign of 236 days. Following the loss at WrestleMania, Rhodes went on a brief losing streak, due to Show distracting him during matches. Four weeks after losing the title, Rhodes regained it at Extreme Rules in a Tables match. On the May 7 episode of Raw SuperShow, Rhodes retained his title against Show in a rematch after getting himself counted out. Two weeks later at Over the Limit, Rhodes lost the Intercontinental Championship to the returning Christian. At No Way Out, Rhodes failed to regain the Intercontinental Championship from Christian in a rematch. On the June 29 SmackDown, Rhodes and David Otunga were defeated by Christian and United States Champion Santino Marella in a Money in the Bank qualification match for the World Heavyweight Championship, due to Otunga being pinned. Afterwards, Rhodes claimed that he hadn't lost and demanded another chance. Four days later on Super SmackDown Live, the WWE Board of Directors granted Rhodes another shot and he defeated Christian to earn a spot in the match. However, at Money in the Bank, he was unsuccessful as the match was won by Dolph Ziggler.
    Rhodes then feuded with SmackDown commentator Booker T, attacking him from behind on several occasions, and successfully retaining the Intercontinental Championship against him at Tables, Ladders & Chairs and on the January 6, 2012 SmackDown.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    On January 21, 2011, Rhodes faced Rey Mysterio in a match, during which Mysterio hit Rhodes in the face with his exposed knee brace and legitimately broke Rhodes' nose, which led to Rhodes declaring he was no longer dashing and had required facial reconstructive surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Rhodes was off television for several weeks, missing both the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber pay-per-view events. Upon his return, he wore a clear protective mask over his face, and colluded with his father to attack Mysterio and remove Mysterio's mask on the February 25 SmackDown. Rhodes then regularly used his protective mask as a weapon during matches by headbutting opponents and sometimes took off the mask to use it to hit his opponents. Rhodes and Mysterio faced off in a match at WrestleMania XXVII on April 3, which Rhodes won. The duo also faced off in a Falls Count Anywhere match at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view in May, which was won by Mysterio. On subsequent episodes of SmackDown following Wrestlemania XXVII, Rhodes, with the help of assistants, would hand out paper bags to the audience during his promos. Rhodes demanded the audience to put on the paper bags on their heads to cover their ugliness and imperfections, because they offended him. Rhodes also put paper bags over several of his opponents' heads after matches with them. Rhodes reformed his alliance with Ted DiBiase on the May 20 SmackDown, and the duo went on to feud with Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan. At the second annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Rhodes participated in the Money in the Bank ladder match, but was unsuccessful as Bryan won the match.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    As part of the 2010 WWE Supplemental Draft, Rhodes was drafted to the SmackDown brand.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut for the brand on the April 30 SmackDown, by defeating John Morrison. The following week on SmackDown, Rhodes participated in a tournament for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship, but lost to Christian in the semi-finals. Rhodes mentored Husky Harris, a third-generation wrestler, in the second season of NXT. On the June 25 SmackDown, Rhodes began a new narcissistic gimmick, claiming to be the best-looking wrestler in WWE and demanding to be called "Dashing" Cody Rhodes. As part of the gimmick, vignettes began airing in which Rhodes gave "grooming tips". He was extremely protective of his face during matches; if he was hit in the face, he threw a fit and checked his mirror. In September, he attacked Christian along with Drew McIntyre after a match, and the duo also attacked Matt Hardy, forming an alliance. At Night of Champions in September, Rhodes and McIntyre captured the WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tag Team Turmoil match, also including The Hart Dynasty, The Usos, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, and Evan Bourne and Mark Henry. At Bragging Rights, Rhodes and McIntyre lost the championship to The Nexus (John Cena and David Otunga). On the October 29 SmackDown, after losing a tag team match, Rhodes and McIntyre dissolved their partnership. This gimmick would end in January 2011 in a match against Rey Mysterio on SmackDown resulting in a broken nose.
    Tension within the Legacy became apparent at the 2010 Royal Rumble, when Rhodes attempted to interfere in Orton's match for the WWE Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Rhodes was caught by the referee, resulting in a disqualification for Orton, who attacked Rhodes and DiBiase, who had tried to help Rhodes, after the match. On the February 15 Raw, Orton took on Sheamus in a non-title rematch, but was again disqualified after Rhodes and DiBiase interfered. During the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match pay-per-view, Rhodes interfered, passing a lead pipe through the cage to DiBiase. DiBiase hit Orton with the pipe and eliminated him from the match. The next night on Raw, Orton attacked Rhodes and DiBiase during a six-man tag team match, and they attacked Orton the following week in retaliation. This led to a triple threat match at WrestleMania XXVI, in which Orton defeated Rhodes and DiBiase.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    Rhodes has appeared in nine video games. He made his video game debut in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 and appears in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, WWE '12, WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17.
    More Details Hide Details Runnels is of partial Cuban descent through his maternal grandfather. His father was WWE Hall of Famer, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, and his half-brother is WWE superstar Dustin Runnels, who is better known by his ring name Goldust. On March 31, 2007, Cody and Dustin inducted their father into the WWE Hall of Fame. He also has two sisters, Teil Gergel and Kristin Ditto, who is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. He is the nephew of former professional wrestlers Jerry Sags and Fred Ottman, and the godson of Magnum T.A.
    Throughout mid-2009, Rhodes and DiBiase continued to compete against and attack Orton's rivals, especially Triple H. This led to Triple H reforming D-Generation X (DX) with Shawn Michaels, and DX defeated Rhodes and DiBiase at SummerSlam.
    More Details Hide Details Rhodes and DiBiase defeated DX at the following pay-per-view, Breaking Point in a submissions count anywhere match, but were defeated in a Hell in a Cell match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in October, when Rhodes was pinned following a sledgehammer shot to the head. Rhodes was afterwards taken from the arena on a stretcher following the match.
    On the January 12, 2009 edition of Raw, Snuka and Manu gave Rhodes the chance to align with them to attack Orton, along with the returning DiBiase, but Rhodes refused.
    More Details Hide Details As they ambushed Orton, DiBiase instead joined with Orton and Rhodes to attack Snuka and Manu and became a member of the Legacy. As part of the Legacy, Rhodes entered the Royal Rumble match in order to help Orton win, and lasted until the final three, before being eliminated by Triple H. Rhodes and DiBiase became involved in Orton's scripted rivalry with the McMahon family, helping him to attack Shane and Stephanie McMahon, and Stephanie's real-life husband, Triple H. Rhodes was also elevated to main event status as a result of joining the Legacy, competing in handicap and six-man tag team matches against Orton's opponents and rivals. On April 26, at Backlash, Rhodes, DiBiase, and Orton defeated Triple H, Batista, and Shane McMahon in a six-man tag team match, which, per the pre-match stipulation, resulted in Orton winning the WWE Championship. Rhodes suffered a minor neck injury in June, but did not need any time off to recover.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    On the November 3, 2008 edition of Raw, Rhodes, DiBiase and Manu entered a storyline with Orton where Orton constantly criticized and insulted them and attacked DiBiase.
    More Details Hide Details At Survivor Series, Rhodes, along with Orton, was a sole survivor, for Orton's team, in the annual Elimination match. Rhodes and Manu accepted Orton's offer for an alliance in the following weeks and the trio dubbed themselves the "Legacy"; debuting in a two-on-three handicap match against Batista and Triple H. Orton began scheduling tests for the Legacy members, so they could prove themselves and over two weeks, both Manu and Sim Snuka were kicked out.
    On the October 27, 2008 edition of Raw, Rhodes and DiBiase lost the World Tag Team Championship once again, this time to Kofi Kingston and CM Punk.
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    After holding the championship for just over a month, they dropped it to John Cena and Batista on the August 4, 2008 edition of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, DiBiase and Rhodes used their rematch clause to regain the championship. Rhodes and DiBiase were joined by Manu, the son of Afa, in September, forming a stable of multi-generational superstars.
    In May 2008, Ted DiBiase began feuding with the duo, threatening to take their titles in his first match as part of the Raw brand.
    More Details Hide Details At the pay-per-view event, Night of Champions on June 29, Rhodes turned on Holly by revealing himself as Ted DiBiase's partner to help DiBiase win the match, becoming a villain for the first time in his career and also a two-time World Tag Team Champion.
  • 2007
    Age 21
    On the Raw 15th Anniversary special episode that aired on December 10, 2007, Rhodes, along with Hardcore Holly, defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the World Tag Team Championship, marking Rhodes' first championship in WWE.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Rhodes and Holly retained their title, in their first title defense, against Cade and Murdoch. They also successfully defended the championships against the teams of Santino Marella and Carlito and Paul London and Brian Kendrick.
    Rhodes' next storyline was a rivalry with Daivari, after he pinned him on the July 30, 2007 edition of Raw, to keep his job.
    More Details Hide Details In the midst of this rivalry, he also feuded with The World's Greatest Tag Team, defeating both members, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin in singles matches. The two feuds combined, when Rhodes, along with Paul London and Brian Kendrick, beat The World's Greatest Tag Team and Daivari in a six-man tag team match. The following week, Rhodes teamed up with Mickie James to defeat Daivari and Jillian Hall, ending their scripted rivalry. Three weeks later, he began a feud with Hardcore Holly and lost three consecutive matches to him. Rhodes eventually earned Holly's respect, impressing Holly during their matches with his persistence and several near-falls, and the two formed a tag team. They earned a shot at the World Tag Team Title by defeating Paul London and Brian Kendrick and The Highlanders in a exclusive match after an Alabama Slam. They fought against the Tag Team Champions Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch at Survivor Series, in what was Rhodes' first on-screen title shot and pay-per-view match, but were unsuccessful. On the November 19 Raw, Rhodes faced Holly for a fourth time, and beat him for the first time, although they were both attacked by Randy Orton afterwards.
    On the July 2, 2007 edition of Raw, Runnels made his television debut, using the ring name Cody Rhodes, in a backstage segment with his father Dusty Rhodes and Randy Orton, where Orton introduced himself to Rhodes and then slapped Dusty as a sign of disrespect.
    More Details Hide Details On July 9, Rhodes slapped Orton in return, and the following week, Rhodes faced Orton in his debut WWE match, but lost. Rhodes appeared at The Great American Bash to prevent Orton from further attacking his father. The next night on Raw, Rhodes challenged Orton to a rematch from the previous week, only to lose again. Orton followed this up by kicking Rhodes' father in the head, similar to how he had in storyline nearly ended the careers of both Shawn Michaels and Rob Van Dam.
    This rift started when Runnels won the OVW Heavyweight Championship from Paul Burchill at a house show on February 17, 2007, only to lose it to Burchill the next day.
    More Details Hide Details Spears went on to win the OVW Television Championship in response. On April 11, the duo lost the Southern Tag Team Championship to the team of Justin LaRouche and Charles Evans. Runnels went on to defeat his now heated rival on July 6, to become the new OVW Television Champion. Exactly one week later, however, Runnels lost the championship to Spears.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    Using his real name, Runnels began wrestling in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in June 2006. Runnels formed a tag team with Shawn Spears in mid-August 2006 and they quickly became embroiled in a feud with The Untouchables over the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details They first captured the championship from The Untouchables on October 18. In November 2006, Runnels and Spears defeated The Untouchables in a tag team match, and won the services of Cherry, The Untouchables' manager. Cherry accompanied Spears and Runnels to ringside, and soon Spears began to fall in love with her, which began interfering with their matches. On November 29, the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship was vacated after a match between The Untouchables and Runnels and Spears ended in a draw. The following week, a rematch between the two teams was held for the vacant championship. During this match Cherry turned on Spears and Runnels, rejoining The Untouchables and helping them regain the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship. Two weeks later, on December 20, Runnels and Spears defeated Deuce 'n Domino in a Street Fight to win the championship for the second time. Shortly afterwards, Runnels and Spears became involved in a scripted rivalry with each other, after Spears became jealous of Runnels' success as a singles wrestler.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    Runnels was born in Marietta, Georgia. He had a successful high school wrestling career, attending Lassiter High School. He placed sixth in the division as a sophomore. As a junior, he won the Georgia state tournament at in 2003, and repeated as champion his senior year.
    More Details Hide Details He had planned to wrestle collegiately at Pennsylvania State University, but decided to become a professional wrestler instead. During his time in high school, Runnels also acted as a referee in his father's Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling promotion. After graduating high school, Runnels attended an acting school.
  • 1985
    Born on June 30, 1985.
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