Cody Rhodes Departs WWE
FoxSports – WWE veteran Cody Rhodes, who debuted a decade ago in 2006 and is the son of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes and the brother of Goldust, announced on Twitter Saturday that he has requested his release from WWE.
In a lengthy and heartbreaking open letter posted Sunday after WWE announced his departure, Rhodes explains why he felt it was necessary to leave the company and pursue his dreams as a professional wrestler elsewhere.
Rhodes writes that he desperately wanted to return to wrestling as Cody Rhodes and ditch the “Stardust” character that was introduced in 2014.
“At this point, most folks know that I have indeed asked for my release from World Wrestling Entertainment, but it’s paramount in my mind for the fans of pro-wrestling to have some answers and not be left with questions.
… So there I was, standing in the very same locker-room Ric Flair had dressed in before changing the wrestling/PPV (closed-circuit at the time) game forever and capturing the NWA Title at Starrcade ’83, “a Flair for the gold”; it’s sad that after once again being benched off TV that my fate in said spot was instead to be relegated to watching a monitor advertising a returning star and kicking open my tumi gear bag to find an outfit I had long outgrown and a face-paint kit.”
Rhodes was a two-time Intercontinental champion in 2011 and 2012, but had become increasingly irrelevant as Stardust. Rhodes said that he pleaded with the WWE creative team but was ignored.
“My goal in pro-wrestling has always been to win the WWE Championship (the one accolade in the game my Father never obtained), and for a decade I tried to convince both Vince and HHH that I could be their star player, their varsity quarterback if you will, but it seems we have reached the point where neither saw that in me.”
“In the past 6-months I had pleaded with WWE Creative and both of my bosses to let me roll-the-dice and once again be Cody Rhodes. I had pitched to every writer on staff like a door-to-door salesman.”
Pretty powerful words from Cody Rhodes. These disgruntled WWE Superstar statements are starting to happen on a regular basis at this point. On Saturday it was reported that Rhodes had requested his release and on Sunday, just before the Extreme Rules PPV, it was announced that WWE granted it. Rhodes was obviously very unhappy, not just with his creative direction but with the fact his ideas were not being heard. While he refrains from saying anything too negative about WWE, Vince McMahon or Triple H, he laced into the lead writers of RAW and Smackdown pretty mercilessly.
Where does Cody Rhodes go from here? I’m pretty sure he won’t be taking the Stardust character with him to the Independent circuit. Rhodes is a supremely talented performer with years of TV experience, I’m sure his calendar is already filling up with Independent dates. Where does he fit on a national or even international scale, however? We haven’t seen it in what feels like forever, but Cody Rhodes is a damn good wrestler. One that would fit nicely in places like Ring of Honor or New Japan Pro Wrestling. Other than developmental, Cody Rhodes really hasn’t experienced life outside of the WWE walls. It’ll be fun to see him spread his wings a bit.