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Cody
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Birth name Cody Runnels
Born June 30 1985 (1985-06-30) (age 33)
Marietta, Georgia, United States
Resides Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse(s) Brandi Rhodes (m. 2013)
Family Dusty Rhodes (father)
Goldust (half-brother)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Cody
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Billed from Marietta, Georgia
Trained By Al Snow
Bruno Sassi
Dusty Rhodes
Glacier
Debut 2006

 

Cody Garrett Runnels (born June 30, 1985), better known by the ring name Cody Rhodes or simply Cody, is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is currently signed to professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a former one-time ROH World Champion. He also makes appearances for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), with whom ROH has a working relationship

He is the son of late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and the half-brother of WWE wrestler Goldust. After an amateur wrestling career that, he followed his father and older brother's footsteps into the professional ranks.

Since leaving WWE, Runnels began wrestling in the international independent circuit and found success in numerous promotions. In the space of a year he competed at WWE's WrestleMania, ROH's Final Battle and NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom events.

Early life Edit

Runnels was born in Marietta, Georgia. He had a successful high school wrestling career, attending Lassiter High School. He placed sixth in the 171 lb (78 kg) division as a sophomore. As a junior, he won the Georgia state tournament at 189 lb (86 kg) in 2003, and repeated as champion his senior year. He had planned to wrestle collegiately at Pennsylvania State University, but decided to become a professional wrestler instead. During his time in high school, Runnels also acted as a referee in his father's Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling promotion. After graduating high school, Runnels attended an acting school.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016–present)Edit

On December 10, 2016, Runnels, billed as "The American Nightmare" Cody, appeared at New Japan Pro Wrestling's World Tag League finals via video package, announcing himself as the newest member of the Bullet Club. On January 4, 2017, Cody defeated Juice Robinson in his debut match at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome. Cody's next NJPW match took place on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2017, where he defeated David Finlay. After defeating Michael Elgin at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall on June 11, Cody challenged Kazuchika Okada to a match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the G1 Special in USA. The match took place on July 1 at G1 Special in USA in Long Beach, California and was won by Okada. On August 13, Cody and Bullet Club stablemate Hangman Page unsuccessfully challenged War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship

He faced Kota Ibushi at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in a losing effort. Cody had teased Ibushi about his history with Kenny Omega during the Wrestle Kingdom match and went to attack Ibushi, but was stopped by an enraged Omega. The tension would come to a head at The New Beginning in Sapporo on January 28, after Omega lost the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship to Jay White, Hangman Page challenged White to a title match, but Omega stopped him and handed White his newly-won championship. More members of Bullet Club came to the ring, including Cody. Cody berated Omega for not letting Page have his moment to challenge White, leading to Omega inadvertently shoving down Matt Jackson. The remaining Bullet Club members decided to leave the ringside area to let Cody and Omega discuss their differences, but Cody instead turned on Omega and Page went to assist Cody to further attack Omega, until Kota Ibushi made the save. The two would continue fighting over the leadership of Bullet Club, and at Honor Rising: Japan on February 24, Cody and Bullet Club stablemate Marty Scurll lost to Omega and Ibushi. During this time, Cody tried to split the Bullet Club by making Page and Scurll on his side and triyng to make The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) on his side. Cody and Page would continue feuding with Omega and Ibushi, leading to a match at Sakura Genesis on April 1, where Cody and Page managed to win. Cody would then face Ibushi on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku in a winning effort. On July 7 at G1 Special in San Francisco, Cody unsuccessfully challenged Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, ending their feud over the leadership. On September 30, Cody defeated Juice Robinson to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.

Personal life Edit

Runnels is of partial Cuban descent through his maternal grandfather. His father was WWE Hall of Famer, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, and his half-brother is WWE superstar Dustin Runnels, who is better known by his ring name Goldust. On March 31, 2007, Cody and Dustin inducted their father into the WWE Hall of Fame. He also has two sisters, Teil Gergel and Kristin Ditto, who is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. He is the nephew of former professional wrestlers Jerry Sags and Fred Ottman, and the godson of Magnum T.A.

In September 2013, Runnels married Brandi Reed, who worked for WWE as a ring announcer under the name Eden Stiles.

Runnels is a fan of The Legend of Zelda video game series and incorporates its style in his wrestling gear; he has stated he replays A Link to the Past yearly. Runnels is also a comic book fan and has worn wrestling gear inspired by Archangel and Mister Sinister, characters from X-Men. He cites Omega Red and Cyclops as his favorite fictional characters, along with the Inhumans. He personally owns a game cabinet of the 1992 X-Men arcade game.

In wrestling Edit

  • Finishing moves
    • As Cody Rhodes
      • American Nightmare (Modified figure-four leglock)
      • Cross Rhodes (Rolling cutter)
      • Disaster kick (Springboard roundhouse kick)
      • Din's Fire (Modified Vertebreaker)
  • Signature moves
    • As Cody Rhodes
      • Alabama Slam (Double leg slam)
      • Bulldog, sometimes from the second rope
      • Crossbody, sometimes from the top rope
      • Dropping down and uppercutting the opponent, as a back body drop counter
      • Inverted suplex slam
      • Knee drop
      • Moonsault onto a standing opponent
      • Multiple kick variations
        • Drop, sometimes while springboarding
        • Football to the midsection of an opponent holding onto the ropes and in a wheelbarrow hold
      • Muscle buster
      • Russian legsweep
  • Managers
    • Brandi Rhodes
  • Wrestlers managed
    • Brandi Rhodes
  • Nicknames
    • "The American Nightmare"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Kingdom" by Downstait (August 19, 2016 – present)
    • "Shot'Em" by [Q]Brick (NJPW) (Used as a Member of Bullet Club)

Championships and accomplishments Edit

  • Alpha-1 Wrestling
    • A1 Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ethan Page[1]
  • Bullet Proof Wrestling
    • BPW Championship (1 time)[2]
  • Global Force Wrestling
    • GFW NEX*GEN Championship (1 time)[3]
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
  • Northeast Wrestling
    • NEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[4]
  • Ohio Valley Wrestling
    • OVW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[5][6]
    • OVW Television Championship (1 time)[5][7]
    • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Shawn Spears[5][8]
    • Fourth OVW Triple Crown Champion[5][8][6][7]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2008)[9]
    • Ranked No. 8 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018[10]
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Championship (1 time)[11]
    • ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with The Young Bucks
    • ROH Wrestler of the Year (2017)[12]
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Internet Championship (1 time)[13]
  • World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
    • World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Hardcore Holly (1) and Ted DiBiase (2)[14][15][16]
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)[17][18]
    • WWE Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Drew McIntyre (1) and Goldust (2)[19]
    • WWE Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament (2012) – with Damien Sandow
    • Slammy Awards (2 times)
      • Tag Team of the Year (2013) – with Goldust
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Worst Gimmick (2015) as Stardust

References Edit

  1. "A1 Tag Team Championship History". https://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1599.
  2. Bullet Proof Dojo [@bulletproofdojo] (23 April 2017). "We crowned new champions tonight...Donovan Dijak claimed the Wrestlemerica Title & Cody Rhodes became the first eve…" (Tweet). https://twitter.com/bulletproofdojo/status/856029017463562240.
  3. "Daily Update: UFC Fight Night 101, D. Bryan responds to Cesaro, Dykstra fired". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. November 26, 2016. http://www.f4wonline.com/daily-updates/daily-update-ufc-fight-night-101-d-bryan-responds-cesaro-dykstra-fired-225321. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  4. "Cody Rhodes beats Mike Bennett to win the Northeast Wrestling title". Pro Wrestling Insider. March 19, 2017. http://pwinsider.com/article/108454/cody-rhodes-beats-mike-bennett-to-win-the-northeast-wrestling-title.html?p=1. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named slam
  6. 6.0 6.1 "OVW Heavyweight Championship". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Archived from the original on April 5, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110405184334/http://www.ovwrestling.com/titles. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "OVW Television Championship". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Archived from the original on April 5, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110405184334/http://www.ovwrestling.com/titles. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "OVW Southern Tag Team Championship". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Archived from the original on April 5, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110405184334/http://www.ovwrestling.com/titles. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  9. "PWI Awards". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 30 (3): 66–67. 2009. 
  10. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2012". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi-500/2012.html. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named BITW2017
  12. "ROH WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: CODY". Ring of Honor. http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/roh-wrestler-year-cody. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  13. "WCPW Internet Championship". What Culture Pro Wrestling. https://wc.pw/title/wcpw-internet-championship. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named WWETagHistory1
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named world_tag2
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named world_tag3
  17. "Intercontinental Championship – Cody Rhodes". WWE. August 12, 2011. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental/25029858. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  18. "Intercontinental Championship – Cody Rhodes". http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental/20120429-cody-rhodes.
  19. "WWE Tag Team Championships – Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes". Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131019093514/http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwetag/200912131111.
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