Title: WHAT DID WWE NOT SEE IN CODY RHODES?
Date: May 26, 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I got the rare opportunity to write about pro wrestling. Specifically, I looked at the strange release of Cody Rhodes, wrestling royalty and someone who seemed like he should check every box for WWE.
If WWE had a standard job posting that listed the desired skills and qualifications for someone trying to be a professional wrestler, it would read like a description of Cody Rhodes. And so it’s the height of pro-wrestling strangeness that, at the prime age 30, Rhodes was released by the company last week.
The son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes, Cody was tailor-made for today’s WWE of his own accord. Cody checked off every box the world’s foremost wrestling organization seeks in its so-called superstars. Being the offspring of one of the five most recognizable names in the history of the sport is important; some of wrestling’s biggest stars—Randy Orton, The Rock, Roman Reigns—are second- or even third-generation grapplers. This was often leaned on as an obvious storytelling tool for Cody Rhodes, but he brought more than nepotism to the table.
At six-foot-two and 215 pounds, Rhodes is perhaps a little small for Vince McMahon’s notoriously beefcaked ideal of a top star, sure. Then again, the two most important men’s matches at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on Sunday included Sami Zayn (6’1″, 212 lbs.) and A.J. Styles (5’11”, 218 lbs.), and the show closed with the return of Seth Rollins (6’1″, 217 lbs.).
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