Finishing move(s): Cross Rhodes, American Nightmare, Silver Spoon DDT
Major titles: OVW Heavyweight Championship, ROH World Champion, ROH Wrestler of the Year (2017), World Tag Team Championship (3 times), WWE Tag Team Championship (3 times), WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
Interesting trivia: Cody Rhodes was an accomplished amateur wrestler who received a scholarship from Pennsylvania State University, but he declined the offer and decided to try his hand at professional wrestling.
Entrance themes: Kingdom by Downstait, Priceless by Jim Johnston, Smoke and Mirrors by Jim Johnston
Cody Garrett Runnels is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, better known by his ring name Cody Rhodes. He is the half-brother of Goldust and son of Dusty Rhodes. Runnels started wrestling professionally in 2006, using his real name, for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
After a little over a year with the developmental territory where he won the OVW Heavyweight Championship, Runnels debuted on Raw as Cody Rhodes in a skit featuring Randy Orton and the American Dream. Initially inserted into his father's storyline with Orton, Rhodes lost his first match on the main roster to The Viper.
Rhodes' first significant program was with Hardcore Holly. Even though he lost three consecutive matches to the veteran, Rhodes managed to win Holly's admiration. The duo joined forces to form a tag-team. After an unsuccessful attempt at winning the tag-team title, Rhodes and Holly had their fourth match.
However, on this occasion, the second-generation star came away with the victory. Rhodes and Holly went on to defeat Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch to win the World Tag Team Championships on the 15th Anniversary special edition of Monday Night Raw.
In March of 2008, Ted DiBiase Jr promised to dethrone the duo in his first match as part of WWE's flagship show. During the following month's Night of Champions pay-per-view, Rhodes declared that was DiBiase tag-team partner, turning heel for the first time in his career.
Rhodes and DiBiase won the World Tag Team titles, making Rhodes a 2-time World Tag Team Champion. They dropped the straps to Batista and John Cena a month later but managed to regain them after invoking their rematch clause.
Rhodes and DiBiase then formed a stable of multi-generational Superstars with Manu, son of Afa of Wild Samoans fame, and Sim Snuka, son of Jimmy "The Superfly". However, Orton eventually joined forces with them and ejected Afa and Snuka from the group, laying the groundwork for the faction known as "Legacy."
As a member of Legacy, Rhodes entered the 2009 Royal Rumble match and ended up as one of the last three competitors in the bout, alongside Triple H and Randy Orton. Even though he was eventually eliminated by The King of Kings, Rhodes' efforts were instrumental in helping Orton secure his first Royal Rumble win.
In the build-up to WrestleMania 25, Rhodes and DiBiase aided Orton is his feud with Triple H, who happened to be the reigning WWE Champion, and the McMahon family. Even though The Viper was enjoying one of his finest runs as a heel, he was booked to lose to Triple H in the main event of The Show of Shows.
At the following pay-per-view, Backlash, Rhodes, DiBiase and Orton faced Triple H, Batista and Shane McMahon in a six-man tag-team match. A pre-match stipulation stated that Orton would win the WWE Championship if his team managed to win the bout.
Even though he was unsuccessful at WrestleMania, The Viper scored a decisive victory for his team at Backlash 2009, pinning Triple H after hitting the 14-time WWE Champion with a punt to the head.
While Orton spent most of 2009 in the World title picture, the highlight of the year for Rhodes and DiBiase was their feud with Shawn Michaels and Triple H, who reunited to form DX. In fact, Rhodes and DiBiase even managed to defeat DX at Breaking Point 2009 in a submissions count anywhere match.
Legacy proceeded to break up in the first quarter of 2010; the blow-off was a triple threat match at WrestleMania 26 which was won by Randy Orton. With his Legacy days firmly behind him, Rhodes was drafted to SmackDown and began to portray a narcissistic heel character, calling himself "Dashing" Cody Rhodes.
In the six years that followed, Rhodes had multiple character changes and racked up two Intercontinental Championship wins and three WWE Tag-Team Championship wins. After becoming frustrated with his position in WWE, Rhodes requested his release and parted ways with the company on May 22, 2016.
During his subsequent run on the independent circuit, Rhodes called himself "The American Nightmare" and joined NJPW's Bullet Club faction. He then proceeded to establish himself as one of the finest heels in the professional wrestling industry, eventually capturing the ROH World Championship.
At WrestleMania 34 weekend, the "Bullet Club Civil War" storyline will come to a head with a match between Rhodes and Kenny Omega; it is expected to be one of the biggest non-WWE matches since the fall of WCW.