Ever since his career-defining match with Big Show at Wrestlemania ended in defeat for him, Cody Rhodes has been spiralling downwards. Learn why and get to know my musings on whether he can recover!
Cody Rhodes was once the epitome of confidence and skill inside the squared circle of the WWE. He had finally taken off his face-mask, had become a very successful Intercontinetal Champion – but then he expressed a desire to face the Big Show. Given the giant’s reputation and immense strength, this seemed to be a death wish but Cody would not be denied. His recent successes against Daniel Bryan and Booker-T had lulled him into a false sense of security and caused him to overestimate his own abilities.
Before Wrestlemania 2012, he voiceferously claimed that the Big Show’s abysmal record at the all-important pay-per-view would hinder the giant from winning the Intercontinental Championship and resorted to a variety of insults, taunts and gimmicks to attempt to scare the Big Show before their collision. At Wrestlemania, Cody Rhodes, sporting a thoroughly unappealing change of ring-gear, suffered a loss to the giant, who happily claimed the title.
Ever since then, Cody has been unable to get out of the slump he’s fallen into. In the weeks following Wrestlemania, Big Show turned the tables on Rhodes and began to taunt and ridicule him. He would interrupt his matches, causing Cody to lose to wrestlers like Kofi Kingston! When the two met again in a Tables Match at Extreme Rules, Big Show completely dominated poor Rhodes and subjected him to the worst kind of punishment. However an unlucky mistake on the part of the giant resulted in eventual victory for Rhodes as he gained back the title.
At Over the Limit, the returning Christian conquered Rhodes with startling ease to become the new Champion as Big Show became embroiled with John Cena and John Laurinaitus. Rhodes has been suffering consistently, and has barely managed to pick up any wins since Wrestlemania. He has lost to people whom he defeated before the all-changing event, a prime example of which is The Great Khali.
I, personally, believe that Rhodes will be unable to ever make it back to the top, let alone the Heavyweight Championship level. His recent loss to Christian at No Way Out is an excellent testimony! Though he certainly possesses more charisma and potential than his contemporaries, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio and Christian, it is highly unlikely that he can attain the level of success they seem to be poised on the verge of.