Weight: 220 lbs.
From: Marietta, Ga.
Career Highlights: Intercontinental Champion; World Tag Team Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion
The history of sports-entertainment runs through Cody Rhodes’ veins.
The second-generation Superstar undeniably lives and breathes wrestling, which seems fitting given that he is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and the brother of Goldust. Having witnessed his family navigate the inner workings of the squared circle from such a young age, Rhodes possesses an innate sense of what it takes to succeed in WWE.
Of course, his celebrated surname means Cody can follow a path that his famous family paved for him. The master of the Disaster Kick willingly embraces his heritage, which became apparent when Rhodes aligned with fellow Superstar scions Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase as the successful and combustible trio known as The Legacy. He also does not shy away from his genetic gifts, which led to some growing pains when his early embrace of a cocky attitude ended with his “dashing” good looks being damaged and hidden by a mask.
That overconfidence may also explain Rhodes’ mixed results with choosing his competitive allies. His choice of Hardcore Holly as a mentor put Cody in possession of the World Tag Team Championship for the first time — until the young protégé chose to double-cross Holly in favor of sharing the tandem titles with DiBiase. Karma for that treachery would come to get Rhodes years later, when his trust in Team Rhodes Scholars proved misguided in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match that saw Cody’s own partner, Damien Sandow, betray him.
Despite a few stumbles and falls during his formative years in WWE, Rhodes remains grounded by his humble roots as the grandson of a plumber. That blue-collar focus fuels his desire to fight for greatness in WWE, and has led Rhodes to multiple WWE Tag Team Championship reigns and a historic run as Intercontinental Champion that elevated the prestige of the storied title itself.
But his greatest achievements in the ring may be yet to come. Just weeks after being fired by WWE COO Triple H, Cody Rhodes forged a partnership with someone he truly trusts — his own brother, Goldust — and successfully returned to WWE’s competitive ranks by defeating The Shield at WWE Battleground 2013. The Rhodes brothers then proved their championship credentials days later when, with a little help from Big Show, they defeated Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns on Raw to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions. The siblings then successfully defended their titles against the likes of The Usos, The Shield and The Real Americans among others.
Rhodes & Goldust have had no shortage of challengers, though their biggest obstacle to greatness may be one another. That's because the fraternal fighters each entered the 2014 Royal Rumble Match, where it's every Superstar for himself.
As he’s demonstrated time and again, Cody Rhodes will not rest on the laurels or on the gravitas bestowed on him by his last name. Instead, the last scion of the Rhodes family looks poised to prove that hard times ahead will not keep this grandson of a plumber from becoming a WWE legend.