Back in 2011, I thought the two guys destined to be WWE’s next young champions were Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes. And while Ziggler is the current world heavyweight title holder after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase last week, Rhodes now seems stuck on the back burner. And despite his entertaining run with the Rhodes Scholars, in my opinion, Rhodes is one of wrestling’s most underutilized talents, especially when you consider his pedigree (son of Dusty Rhodes), model-esque looks and trademark Disaster Kick.
“Gosh, this has been a horrible run,” Rhodes said as we talked about his career earlier this month before WrestleMania 29 in East Rutherford, N.J. “I feel like after Money in the Bank in Phoenix, I almost took a nose dive, career-wise. I couldn’t get the reigns on it, but I feel like I finally got the reigns on my career again, and that happens in entertainment. As much as I’m excited about seeing John Cena and The Rock, it can’t always be John Cena and The Rock, and I just hope that I can continue to grow. I’ll be 28 this summer, and I’d really like to continue furthering my career, whether it’s teaming with Damien [Sandow], or it’s back in a singles capacity.
“It’s funny, because before Rhodes Scholars, I had zero interest in doing another tag team, but I’ve really enjoyed Damien’s company. I have a different outlook on sports entertainment than Damien does, and it makes for fun TV. I’ve never really been good at the comedy elements of the business. I’ve always looked at the business in a more serious, stern fashion like the guys I grew up liking, and I’m just not a funny guy. But Damien is, and he’s also a really tough bastard, and I like that.”
Rhodes (and Sandow, for that matter) deserves better than getting bumped from WrestleMania and throwaway Raw matches against The Great Khali and Santino. Here’s hoping for bigger things as the storylines reset.
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