Art Vandelay's Pro Wrestling Ground Cody Rhodes asking for his release

6/6/16 9:58 PM
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Big week for Cody. He's wrestling for Evolve on their Evolve 66 show in August, he's wrestling Kurt Angle in August, and now PWG just tweeted this

6/11/16 7:41 AM
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From Johnny Gargano's Twitter

6/11/16 4:16 PM
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Best of luck to him 

6/11/16 7:15 PM
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Depending what the rest of the card is for the evolve show I might try and go see it. Phone Post 3.0
6/12/16 6:52 AM
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I've watched Cody Rhodes since OVW, including many times live earlier in his career. I've never been remotely impressed and am really confused when I see some of the names I respect a lot on here who seem to be high on him. Grizz, care to explain?
6/12/16 8:26 AM
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Cody is a guy that I think had/has a ton of potential and has turned himself into a solid worker over the years. Is he Daniel Bryan Danielson? Absolutely not. I'd say he's more similar to a Drew Galloway. I saw lots of flashes in both during their WWE runs but WWE never turned them loose for whatever reason. Cody obviously got more opportunities than Galloway did, but for a guy that's worked hard to develop a character from his early "CAWdy Rhodes" days to be written off the way he was is frustrating. I've got huge respect for him for walking away from a comfortable gig to an unknown simply because he believes he's better than what others think he is. Another big reason I'm pulling for him is the way that he's embracing the indie experience considering he didn't come from that background as guys like Galloway and Baretta did. I'm certain he could have walked into TNA and been pushed big if he wanted to, but he wants to work as many places and against as many top guys as he can, same as Galloway did/is doing. If you're serious about bettering yourself then that's exactly how you do it. He's an easy guy to root for and I think it'll make for a ton of interesting matches and stories throughout the indies. It already is, Galloway and EC3 teased at the show yesterday that Cody will be joining their group in Evolve. Whether he does or not he'll obviously be involved in the angle which means he either joins Galloway/EC3 or the Evolve team with Gargano/Ethan Page/Catch Point. That's some potentially great matchups regardless of what side he ends up on. Phone Post 3.0
6/12/16 2:13 PM
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...and yet you see nothing in Randy Orton. I don't understand you sometimes man.

;-)
6/12/16 3:47 PM
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Cody Rhodes is Randy Orton Lite Phone Post 3.0
6/12/16 5:22 PM
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Randy Orton is Randy Orton Lite Phone Post 3.0
6/13/16 2:58 AM
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Randy Orton could not lace Cody Rhodes boots. He doesnt have the ability nor the charisma Stardust has.

If ever WWE pushed the wrong guy it was out of those two Phone Post 3.0
6/13/16 5:06 AM
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Randy is better than Cody in every aspect of the business(minus the meltdowns and temper tantrums a young randy would throw). the stardust character is one of the worst characters in a long time, he basically just put on a bodysuit and face paint like his brother and for some reason thought he was a super villain who would cut dumb pointless promos that lead nowhere. I've asked this question at least once, can anybody name any above average Cody matches in his 10 years with the company other than the tag stuff with his brother. Phone Post 3.0
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His match with Rey at WM27
He had a good PPV match with Christian for the IC title, don't remember the show off the top of my head
As much as I hate saying it, his match against Orton on Raw when his career was on the line was very good

Edit: Christian match was No Way Out 2012
6/14/16 11:24 AM
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grizz632 - His match with Rey at WM27
He had a good PPV match with Christian for the IC title, don't remember the show off the top of my head
As much as I hate saying it, his match against Orton on Raw when his career was on the line was very good

Edit: Christian match was No Way Out 2012
Just rewatched the Rey and Christian matches, both were good I liked the Christian match more(better finishing sequence) Phone Post 3.0
6/16/16 8:26 AM
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batman32314 - Randy is better than Cody in every aspect of the business(minus the meltdowns and temper tantrums a young randy would throw). the stardust character is one of the worst characters in a long time, he basically just put on a bodysuit and face paint like his brother and for some reason thought he was a super villain who would cut dumb pointless promos that lead nowhere. I've asked this question at least once, can anybody name any above average Cody matches in his 10 years with the company other than the tag stuff with his brother. Phone Post 3.0
How so?

Charisma- Cody
Ring work-Cody
Work rate -Cody
Mic work-easily Cody
Physique- tie
Move set- Cody because he can do it without fucking up.


The difference is Orton got a push and Cody never had an opportunity to shine. In fact every awful gimmick and story he was given he made into gold. Orton spent his time having tantrums and shitting in bags and shagging divas. Phone Post 3.0
6/16/16 8:31 AM
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As for matches

Cody vs Orton street fight (Cody out shines him) smackdown 2014 (i think).

MITB 2013 stole the show (he often did)

Vs Rey at mania Phone Post 3.0
6/18/16 3:47 PM
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Northeast Wrestling is going all out with their weekend of shows featuring Cody this August. They announced today that Cody will be wrestling Jushin Thunder Liger on 8/28. So, that weekend Cody will have these 3 matches on consecutive days:

8/26 - vs Mike Bennett
8/27 - vs Kurt Angle
8/28 - vs Jushin Thunder Liger Phone Post 3.0
6/25/16 4:39 PM
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Apparently WWE has reached out to Cody about signing a Legends Contract so they can continue to sell his merch and use his likeliness.

http://www.sescoops.com/report-wwe-offers-new-deal-to-cody-rhodes/ Phone Post 3.0
6/25/16 5:17 PM
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Basically yeah, and he'll get a cut too obviously. If he has a Legends deal they can still sell Cody/Stardust figures and other merch, plus they can include him in future video games. It's an odd move though, as I don't think he really moved much merch while he was there, can't see him as much of a revenue stream after he's gone Phone Post 3.0
6/25/16 5:51 PM
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I kinda liked Cody better as Stardust. He should more charisma and mic skills that way.

I'd still rather watch regular Cody over Orton. Orton is the drizzling shits.

7/1/16 1:48 AM
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Has anyone else heard about the rumors of this all just being a work and a way to get the stench of the stardust character off of him and to work specific indies and opponents to try and change the perception of him from being just a character guy to more of a work rate guy. It's also rumored that his first dates working for evolve are being paid by WWE. The only way it works though is if he kills it on his Indy dates and gets a decent buzz going. But he could also go out there and lay an egg like Brian Myers(Curt Hawkins) did 2 years ago at BOLA and he hasn't been booked there since and for the most part just works b level indies in the northeast. My opinions of Cody as a worker have already been noted in this thread, but it will interesting to see how he gels with workers on the Indy scene since he has basically been in the WWE system his whole career. Phone Post 3.0
7/1/16 2:47 AM
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That makes a lot of sense to me. Why not. It could pay off pretty well for Cody and the wwe. Phone Post 3.0
7/5/16 2:15 PM
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Cody's first two matches in Evolve are doozies

Evolve 66 - vs Zack Sabre Jr
Evolve 67 - vs Chris Hero Phone Post 3.0
7/5/16 3:12 PM
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Wasn't it the writers idea to make him stardust? Cody was better as himself Phone Post 3.0
8/3/19 10:57 AM
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This thread aged well.

8/3/19 1:45 PM
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I can't believe that I've never seen that list.

I wish I was watching wrestling when this thread was made.