Cody Rhodes

Sep 2, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Cody Runnels
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 214 lbs.
Date of birth: June 30, 1985
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Pro debut: 2006
Trained by: Dusty Rhodes
Finishing move: Crossrhodes

Biography

– In 2000, aged 15, Runnels began working as a referee in his father’s TCW promotion
– In 2003 and 2004, Runnels was the Georgia State wrestling champion at the 86kg (189lbs) weight class
– In the summer of 2006, Runnels signed a WWE development deal and was assigned to OVW
– On June 16, 2006, Runnels made his in-ring debut, tagging with Chet The Jett, Kasey James, Mo Sexton & Roadkill to defeat Deuce, Domino, Jack Bull, Pat Buck & Rahim
– On October 18, 2006, Runnels & Shawn Spears defeated The Untouchables (Deuce & Domino) to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On October 25, 2006, Runnels & Spears defeated Gothic Mayhem (Johnny Punch & Pat Buck) to retain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On November 2, 2006, Runnels & Spears defeated Bad Kompany (Mike Kruel & Shawn Osbourne) to retain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On November 22, 2011, Runnels & Spears defeated La Resistance (Robert Conway & Sylvan Grenier) to retain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On December 13, 2006, Runnels & Spears defeated The Untouchables in a Street Fight to regain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On January 3, 2007, Runnels & Spears defeated Charles Evans & Justin LaRouche to retain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On January 10, 2007, Runnels & Spears defeated High Dosage (Jon Bolen & Ryan Reeves) to retain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On February 17, 2007, Runnels defeated Paul Burchill to win the OVW Heavyweight Title, but would lose it back to Burchill a day later
– On February 28, 2007, Runnels & Spears defeated The Frat Pack (Mike Mondo & Nicky Nemeth) to retain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On March 31, 2007, Runnels (along with real-life brother Goldust) inducted his father Dusty into the WWE Hall of Fame
– On May 29, 2007, Runnels made his first main roster appearance, defeating Daivari in a Smackdown dark match
– On July 2, 2007, Runnels made his WWE debut, having adopted the ring name ‘Cody Rhodes’
– On July 6, 2007, Runnels defeated Shawn Spears to win the OVW Television Title, but would lose it back to Spears a week later
– On July 16, 2007, Rhodes made his WWE televised in-ring debut, losing to Randy Orton
– On December 10, 2007, Rhodes & Hardcore Holly defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch to win the World Tag Team Titles
– On May 12, 2008, Rhodes & Holly defeated Santino Marella & Carlito to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– At Night of Champions 2008, Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr defeated Hardcore Holly in a Handicap Match (Rhodes turned on Holly prior to the match) to win the World Tag Team Titles
– On July 28, 2008, Rhodes & DiBiase defeated Jerry Lawler & Michael Cole to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– On August 11, 2008, Rhodes & DiBiase defeated Batista & John Cena to regain the World Tag Team Titles, having lost them a week before
– At Unforgiven 2008, Rhodes & DiBiase defeated Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard & JTG) to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– At Survivor Series 2008, Team Orton (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Shelton Benjamin & William Regal) defeated Team Batista (Kofi Kingston, CM Punk, Batista, Matt Hardy & R-Truth)
– At Backlash 2009, Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase defeat Triple H, Batista & Shane McMahon to win the WWE Title for Orton
– At Breaking Point 2009, Rhodes & DiBiase defeated D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) in a Submissions Count Anywhere Match
– On October 12, 2009, Rhodes defeated DiBiase & John Cena in a Triple Threat Match to earn a spot on Team Raw at Bragging Rights
– On March 8, 2010, Rhodes & DiBiase defeated Randy Orton in a Handicap Match
– On April 27, 2010, Rhodes was drafted to the Smackdown roster
– On June 1, 2010, Rhodes was announced as the mentor of Husky Harris for NXT season 2
– At Night of Champions 2010, Rhodes & Drew McIntyre defeated 4 other teams in a Tag Team Turmoil Match to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– On September 20, 2010, Rhodes & McIntyre defeated The Hart Foundation (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– In August 2010, Rhodes made his acting debut, guest starring in an episode of Syfy’s Warehouse 13
– On November 23, 2010, Rhodes defeated Rey Mysterio to qualify for the King of the Ring Tournament, but lost in the first round to John Morrison
– At WrestleMania 27, Rhodes pinned Rey Mysterio
– On August 9, 2011, Rhodes defeated Ezekiel Jackson to win the WWE Intercontinental Title, beginning a mammoth (for this day and age) 236-day reign
– At Night of Champions 2011, Rhodes defeated Ted DiBiase to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– At Hell In A Cell 2011, Rhodes defeated John Morrison to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– At Survivor Series 2011, Team Barrett (Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger & Hunico) defeated Team Orton (Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Mason Ryan & Sin Cara)
– At TLC 2011, Rhodes defeated Booker T to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Rhodes defeated The Big Show at Extreme Rules in a “tables match” to regain the Intercontinental title in Chicago, IL.
– On October 14, 2013, Goldust and Rhodes defeated The Shield (Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) on Raw in St. Louis, MO, to capture the WWE Tag Team titles.
– On the June 17, 2014 edition of Raw, Rhodes debuted the Stardust character
– At Money In The Bank ’14, Goldust & Stardust defeated Rybaxel (Ryback & Curtis Axel)
– At Night of Champions ’14, Goldust & Stardust defeated The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– At Hell In A Cell ’14, Goldust & Stardust defeated The Usos to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– On November 4, 2014, Goldust & Stardust defeated The Usos in a Cage Match to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– In late 2014, Goldust & Stardust began feuding with the recently-debuted New Day stable
– In February 2015, Stardust turned on Goldust, ending the partnership
– In April 2015, Stardust entered the King of the Ring Tournament, but was defeated in the first round by R-Truth
– In June 2015, Stardust took time away from WWE following the death of his father, Dusty Rhodes
– On July 13, Stardust returned to action, defeating Neville
– In September 2015, Stardust aligned with The Ascension to form ‘The Cosmic Wasteland’
– On the Night of Champions ’15 pre-show, The Cosmic Wasteland defeated Neville & The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara)
– WWE and Rhodes parted ways on May 22, 2016
– On August 19, 2016, Rhodes made his first indy appearance, defeating Zack Sabre Jr at EVOLVE 66
– Rhodes entered the 2016 PWG Battle of Los Angeles, defeating Sami Callihan before losing to Marty Scurll
– In October 2016, Rhodes wrestled 3 TNA tapings as ‘Cody’
– On November 25, 2016, Rhodes defeated Sonjay Dutt to win the GFW NEXGEN Title
– The next day, Rhodes defeated Michael Richard Blais to retain the GFW NEXGEN Title
– On November 30, 2016, Rhodes defeated El Ligero to retain the GFW NEXGEN Title and win the WCPW Internet Title
– Rhodes (as ‘Cody’) made his ROH debut at Final Battle ’16, defeating Jay Lethal
– In early December, Rhodes (with the moniker ‘The American Nightmare’) was unveiled as the newest member of The Bullet Club
– On December 11, 2016, Rhodes defeated JT Dunn to retain the WCPW Internet Title
– On December 15, Rhodes defeated LJT to retain the GFW NEXGEN Title
– The next day, Rhodes defeated Doug Williams to retain the GFW NEXGEN Title
– On January 5, 2017, Rhodes defeated Zack Sabre Jr to retain the WCPW Internet Title
– Over the next two days, Rhodes defended the WCPW Internet Title against Ricochet & Marty Scurll
– On January 13, Rhodes defeated Shane Strickland to retain the GFW NEXGEN Title
– On February 10, Rhodes defeated Lio Rush & Mario Bokara to retain the WCPW Internet Title
– At ROH/NJPW Honor Rising, The Bullet Club (Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson) defeated Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Will Ospreay & Kazuchika Okada
– On March 6, Cody defeated Liam Slater to retain the WCPW Internet Title
– A week later, Cody fought Matt Riddle to a no-contest to retain the WCPW Internet Title
– On March 18, Cody defeated Mike Bennett to win the NEW Heavyweight Title
– On March 30, Cody defeated Brian Cage to retain the GFW NEXGEN Title
– On April 15, Cody defeated Bobby Fish to retain the NEW Heavyweight Title
– A week later, Cody defeated Jimmy Havoc in a No-DQ Match to win the vacant BPW Title
– On April 28, Cody fought QPW Souq Waqif Champion Johnny Mundo to a double-countout
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’17, Cody defeated
– At ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds ’17, Cody defeated Will Ospreay
– On May 13, Cody defeated Trevor Lee to retain the BPW Title
– At House of Hardcore 26, Cody defeated Tommy Dreamer
– On May 26, Cody defeated Adam Cole to retain the NEW Heavyweight Title
– On June 18, Cody & Ethan Page defeated Virus (Gavin Quinn & Josh Alexander) to win the A1 Tag Team Titles
– At Best In The World ’17, Cody defeated Christopher Daniels to win the ROH World Title
– The next day, Cody defeated Daniels in a Best of 3 Falls Match to retain the ROH World Title
– On May 25, Cody defeated Hanson to retain the NEW Heavyweight Title
– Between June 7 and June 9, Cody defended the ROH World Title against Michael Elgin and Willie Mack and the NEW Heavyweight Title against Vinny Marseglia
– On July 14, Cody defeated Ricochet to retain the NEW Heavyweight Title. He retained against Jack Swagger the following night
– On July 30, Cody & Ethan Page defeated Virus (Gavin Quinn & Josh Alexander) to retain the A1 Tag Team Titles
– Between August 4 and August 6, Cody defended the ROH World Title against Scorpio Sky and Elia Markopoulos and the NEW Heavyweight Title against Donovan Dijak
– On August 19, Cody defeated SANADA to retain the ROH World Title
– Between August 25 and August 27, Cody defended the ROH World Title against Frankie Kazarian and the NEW Heavyweight Title against Jerry Lawler and Rey Mysterio
– At Death Before Dishonor XV, Cody defeated Minoru Suzuki to retain the ROH World Title
– The next night, Cody defended the ROH World Title against Scorpio Sky & Cheeseburger
– On October 1, Cody & Ethan Page defeated Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega to retain the A1 Tag Team Titles
– On October 13, The Bullet Club (Cody, Kenny Omega & Marty Scurll) defeated CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI) to retain the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Titles
– The next night, Cody defeated KUSHIDA to retain the ROH World Title
– On October 20, Cody defeated Ryan Nova to retain the ROH World Title
– On November 11, Cody defeated Rocky Romero to retain the ROH World Title
– A week later, Cody defeated Christopher Daniels in a Texas Death Match to retain the ROH World Title
– On November 25, Cody fought Michael Richard Blais to a time-limit draw to retain the ROH World Title
– On December 8, Cody defeated Jay Lethal to retain the ROH World Title
– At ROH’s 16th Anniversary Show, Cody defeated Matt Taven
– At Supercard of Honor XII, Cody defeated Kenny Omega
– At Dominion ’18, The Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rey Mysterio & Jushin Liger
– On January 8, 2019, Cody was officially named All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President
– At AEW Double or Nothing, Cody defeated Dustin Rhodes
– At Fyter Fest, Cody fought Darby Allin to a time-limit draw
– At AAA TripleMania XXVII, Cody, Cain Velasquez & Psycho Clown defeated El Texano Jr, Taurus & Killer Kross
– At AEW All Out, Cody defeated Shawn Spears
– Cody opened the first episode of AEW Dynamite with a win over Sammy Guevara
– At AEW Full Gear, Cody lost an AEW Championship Match to Chris Jericho. Per the pre-match stipulation, Cody will no longer be allowed to challenge for said championship
– At Double Or Nothing 2020, Cody defeated Lance Archer in the final of a tournament to become the first AEW TNT Champion
– In June 2020, Cody defended the TNT Title against Jungle Boy, Ricky Starks and Marq Quen
– At Fyter Fest 2020, Cody defeated Jake Hager to retain the TNT Title
– At Fight For The Fallen 2020, Cody defeated Sonny Kiss to retain the TNT Title
– On the July 22 episode of Dynamite, Cody defeated Eddie Kingston in a No-DQ Match to retain the TNT Title
– A week later, Cody defeated Warhorse to retain the TNT Title
– On the August 12 episode of Dynamite, Cody defeated Scorpio Sky to retain the TNT Title
– On the October 7 episode, Cody defeated Mr Brodie Lee in a Dog Collar Match to regain the TNT Title, having lost it to Lee in mid-August. This was Lee’s last match before his untimely death in December of that year
– At Dynamite’s One-Year Anniversary Show, Cody fought Orange Cassidy to a time-limit draw to retain the TNT Title
– On the October 28 episode of Dynamite, Cody defeated Orange Cassidy in a Lumberjack Match to retain the TNT Title
– In November 2020, Cody and WWE came to an agreement that would allow him to use the Rhodes name once again. In return, Cody gave up several trademarks for WCW event names
– At Winter Is Coming 2020, Rhodes & Darby Allin defeated Team Taz (Ricky Starks & Powerhouse Hobbs)
– At New Year’s Smash in January 2021, Rhodes defeated Matt Sydal
– At St Patrick’s Day Slam 2021, Rhodes defeated Penta El Zero Miedo
– At Double Or Nothing 2021, Rhodes defeated Anthony Ogogo
– At Road Rager 2021, Rhodes defeated QT Marshall in a Strap Match
– At Full Gear 2021, Rhodes & PAC defeated Andrade El Idolo & Malakai Black
– At Rampage: Holiday Bash 2021, Rhodes defeated Sammy Guevara to regain the TNT Title
– At New Year’s Smash in December 2021, Rhodes defeated Ethan Page to retain the TNT Title
– On February 15, 2022, Rhodes left AEW after failing to come to terms on a new contract
– Rhodes returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38, defeating Seth Rollins. Following the event, Rhodes would be placed on the Raw brand
– At Backlash 2022, Rhodes again defeated Seth Rollins
– Rhodes suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the build up to Hell In A Cell 2022, but still worked his Hell In A Cell Match, again defeating Seth Rollins, before taking time away to have surgery to repair the injury
– Rhodes returned to action at the 2023 Royal Rumble and would go on to win the titular match after entering #30
– At Backlash 2023, Rhodes defeated Brock Lesnar
– At Money In The Bank 2023, Rhodes defeated Dominik Mysterio
– At Summerslam 2023, Rhodes defeated Brock Lesnar
– At Fastlane 2023, Rhodes & Jey Uso defeated The Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest) to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– On the following episode of Raw, Rhodes & Uso defeated Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– On the October 13 Smackdown, Rhodes & Uso defeated Austin Theory & Grayson Waller to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– At Crown Jewel 2023, Rhodes defeated Damian Priest
– At Survivor Series 2023, Rhodes, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn & Jey Uso defeated The Judgment Day (Finn Balor, Damien Priest, Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh) & Drew McIntyre in a WarGames Match
– Rhodes won the 2024 Royal Rumble, becoming the first man to win back-to-back Rumbles since Steve Austin in 1997-98
– At WrestleMania XL Sunday, Rhodes defeated Roman Reigns to win the WWE and WWE Universal Titles and ‘finish the story’
– At Backlash 2024, Rhodes defeated AJ Styles to retain the WWE and WWE Universal Titles

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