Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes

Personal Information

Full Name Cody Garrett Runnels Rhodes
Date of Birth June 29, 1985
Nationality USA
Birth Place Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S
Height 6'1"
Weight 220 lb (100 kg
Current Team(s)
Theme Song Kingdom
Debut June 16, 2006
Nickname The American Nightmare
Family Dusty Rhodes (Father); Dustin Rhodes (Brother)
Spouse Brandi Rhodes

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Cody Rhodes: A Brief Biography

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Cody Rhodes (real name: Cody Garrett Runnels) is possibly one of the biggest names in the wrestling industry. Starting his career off as an in-and-out WWE guy, Cody Rhodes changed the landscape of the wrestling business globally by shaking up the independent wrestling circuit. A founding member and former Executive Vice President of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Cody Rhodes is one of the biggest superstars present in WWE today.


The American Nightmare is the younger brother of veteran professional wrestler Dustin Rhodes, who is best known for his stint in WWE as Goldust, and the son of WWE Hall of Famer and late wrestler Dusty Rhodes.


Also Read: Who all are in the family of Cody Rhodes?


Early Life


Cody Rhodes was born on June 30, 1985, in Marietta, Georgia, US. He was born to WWE Legend Dusty Rhodes and his second wife Michelle Rubio. His father has a total of four children - a son and a daughter from both his marriages. The oldest of his children is Dustin Rhodes, the man who would go on to be known as Goldust. Cody was born as Cody Garrett Runnells but he changed his name to Cody Garrett Runnells Rhodes in his teenage legally. He did his schooling at Lassiter High School and also partook in wrestling where he had a successful wrestling career. He also attended an acting school later but chose pro-wrestling as his career at last.


Cody Rhodes Professional Wrestling Career


"Cody Rhodes issues an open challenge to Brock Lesnar: Raw highlights, May  29, 2023"
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Cody Rhodes: The Beginnings


In 2006, Cody Rhodes started his professional wrestling career by competing as Cody Runnels in WWE's developmental brands. As a member of the company's ECW brand, he made his WWE television debut in 2007 with Hardcore Holly as his tag team partner. Known as The Holly Cousins, the two men had numerous rivalries. Ted DiBiase Jr. and Damien Sandow were two of the many tag team partners Cody would go on to have throughout the years. Throughout his tenure in the WWE, he was also successful as a singles wrestler, adding the prestigious Intercontinental Championship and Tag Team Championship to his resume.


Cody has had several famous storylines and feuds throughout his time in WWE. One of his most significant feuds was against Randy Orton, which lasted from 2011 until WrestleMania XXVI and included stablemate Ted DiBiase Jr. Cody turned on Orton, with whom he had previously been associated, and attacked him during a bout, according to the plot. The American Nightmare then had a decent run as the 'Dashing' Cody Rhodes, which saw him introducing the classic Intercontinental Championship with the white color belt strap. Following the loss of his title, Rhodes would unite with half-brother Goldust to form The Brotherhood, which is when his paths would first cross with WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who was a member of the SHIELD stable at the time.


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Rhodes would then turn over a new leaf in his career, turning into Stardust, a character that had tremendous potential but was held back by improper booking and presentation. The damage done was so much that even having Stardust lead The Ascension in a faction named 'The Cosmic Wasteland' and a match with mainstream star Stephen Amell couldn't save the gimmick. This poor management of his gimmick led to Cody announcing that he had requested his release from WWE. At the time, he cited creative differences as the reason for his departure, stating that he was unhappy with the direction of his character and felt that he wasn't being utilized to his full potential.



Ventures beyond WWE



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Cody began wrestling on the independent circuit after leaving WWE, appearing in many promotions including Ring of Honor (ROH), Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) (NJPW). He also continued to use the Stardust gimmick for a short period before retiring it. Cody began to look into other prospects in the wrestling industry during this period, including working as a promoter.


Cody finds his honor in Ring of Honor (ROH)


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Cody Rhodes


After leaving WWE, Rhodes signed with Ring of Honor (ROH), one of the world's leading independent wrestling organizations of the time. Rhodes debuted in ROH in September 2016, defeating Jay Lethal in his first fight in the promotion. Over the next few months, Rhodes rose to prominence in ROH, appearing in several high-profile matches and establishing himself as a fan favorite. Rhodes won his first ROH championship in December 2016, defeating Adam Cole to become the ROH World Champion. Rhodes would still be associated with the promotion while organizing the famous All In event.


Cody Rhodes changes the wrestling landscape with All In and All Elite Wrestling


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I already gave them their biggest buyrate...put The Bucks & I on the card & 3-months to promote

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In 2018, he and several other wrestlers organized the "All In" wrestling event in Chicago, which included multiple high-profile matches and wrestlers from several indie organizations. The event was a smashing success, selling out the venue and generating a sizable pay-per-view crowd. Following the grand success of "All In," Cody and Tony Khan launched All Elite Wrestling (AEW), a new wrestling promotion. Cody, along with Khan and fellow wrestlers Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, was named an executive vice president (EVP) of the organization.


Double or Nothing, AEW's debut show, took place in May 2019 and included several high-profile matches, including Cody vs. his brother Dustin in a gory and emotional encounter that gained critical acclaim. Cody continued to wrestle for AEW and was a part of several noteworthy feuds and battles, including one with Chris Jericho that culminated in a match at AEW's Full Gear event in 2019. One of Rhodes' most famous feuds in AEW involved MJF, a young wrestler who initially supported Rhodes before betraying him in a widely publicized plot. The feud ended with Rhodes defeating MJF in a highly emotional match at AEW's Revolution event in February 2020.


The American Nightmare was also synonymous with the promotion's TNT Championship and his rivalries with Darby Allin, Brodie Lee, Lance Archer, and Sammy Guevara contributed significantly towards building the prestige of the recently established championship. Rhodes remained closely involved in AEW's creative direction, assisting in the development of new storylines and characters and working behind the scenes to grow the company's brand and image.



Cody Rhodes' return to WWE



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When the shocking news of Rhodes not re-signing with AEW came into public knowledge, the fans went into a frenzy, making bold predictions of him returning to WWE and being featured in the wrestling behemoth's flagship event, WrestleMania, in a prominent position. These wild predictions turned out to be true, as the American Nightmare made his surprise return on Night 1 of WrestleMania 38. He would go on to fight Seth Rollins in the co-main event spot, starting a rivalry that would culminate months later in an all-time classic Hell in a Cell match. The build-up to this grueling match however saw Rhodes suffering from a torn pectoral tendon, leading to the American Nightmare missing nine months of in-ring action.


Rhodes' determination to win a World Championship would not be deterred, as the American Nightmare would return at 2023's Royal Rumble Premium Live Event to win the titular match to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 39. On the Road to WrestleMania, Rhodes would go on to unite himself with Sami Zayn against Roman Reigns before Zayn lost to Reigns at the Elimination Chamber 2023. At WrestleMania Hollywood, Rhodes and Reigns gave in their all in a hard-hitting contest. Solo Sikoa interfered in the match before being sent off by the referee. The Usos made their presence known followed by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens who evened the odds. At last, Rhodes was about to give a third Cross Rhodes to the champion before Sikoa made his way back and hit him with a Samoan Spike while Heyman distracted the referee. Rhodes lost the match via pinfall after a spear from Reigns.


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The following night, Rhodes challenged Reigns and Sikoa to a tag team match. Brock Lesnar came out as Rhodes' tag team partner. However, Lesnar instead attacked Rhodes himself. Theron, Rhodes wanted to seek revenge on Lesnar, setting up a battle at WWE Backlash 2023. At the event, Rhodes managed to defeat Lesnar when he converted the Kimura lock into a roll-up pin. An infuriated Lesnar attacked him a few weeks later. During his match against Finn Balor and The Miz in the World Heavyweight Championship tournament, Rhodes was attacked by Lesnar who broke his arm. This resulted in a kayfabe arm injury, eventually leading to Rhodes' defeat at Night of Champions 2023 at the hands of Brock Lesnar.


"Cody Rhodes goes head-to-head with Damian Priest: Raw highlights, June 26,  2023"
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Following the event, Rhodes was involved in a confrontation with Dominik Mysterio. This set up a clash between the two and they battled it out at Money in the Bank 2023 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. At the event, Rhodes pinned Mysterio within nine minutes to score a victory. Following the event, he challenged Brock Lesnar once again and was a victim of an attack by The Beast. Lesnar accepted Rhodes' challenge setting up the third match between the two superstars, this time at the Biggest Party of the Summer (SummerSlam). At SummerSlam, Rhodes managed to beat Brock Lesnar clean and square. This achievement is as impressive as it gets, given the small list of individuals who have slayed The Beast. Lesnar embraced Rhodes after the match, ending their feud for good. Rhodes appeared at Payback, not as a wrestler but as a guest to Grayson Waller's special talk-show The Grayson Waller Effect. At the talk-show, he announced that former Bloodline superstar Jey Uso had joined RAW after leaving SmackDown.


Upon Uso's arrival to RAW, he was approached by The Judgment Day, who offered him a spot in group. Uso rejected the advances and was then on Judgment Day's target. Cody Rhodes joined Jey Uso in his feud with the group and teamed up with him at Fastlane 2023 for Balor and Priest's tag team championship. At the event, the challengers emerged as the victor, marking Rhodes' first title victory since returning to the WWE. The win was however cut short after he lost the belt on October 16 RAW back to Judgment Day. The already heated-up feud between Rhodes and Judgment Day got fueled up after this match, leading to a match between Cody Rhodes and Damian Priest at Crown Jewel 2023, which Rhodes won.


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At Survivor Series WarGames, Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn and a returning Randy Orton defeated The Judgment Day (Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, JD McDonagh and Drew McIntyre) in the Men's WarGames match. Rhodes would then go on to win the 2024 Men's Royal Rumble match after last eliminating CM Punk. He entered the fray at number 15 to get the deal done. Rhodes became the fourth wrestler after Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the Royal Rumble match in back-to-back years.


He was adamant on challenging Roman Reigns at WrestleMania to seek revenge and finish his story. However, on the February 2 episode of SmackDown, Rhodes declared that he was not going to face Reigns at WrestleMania and instead welcomed The Rock as a potential opponent for Reigns. This lead many fans to speculate Seth 'Freakin' Rollins to be his WrestleMania opponent for the World Heavyweight Championship. However, at WrestleMania kick-off the next week, he confirmed Roman Reigns to be his opponent and the match was then officiated by Triple H much to the anger of Roman Reigns and The Rock. The Great One even slapped Rhodes during the event.


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A feud ignited between the two factions - The Bloodline and those against it. Jey Uso and Seth Rollins sided with Cody Rhodes over the Road to WrestleMania. The Rock challenged Rhodes and Rollins to a tag team match at WrestleMania XL Night One, which the two accepted. Now, Rhodes is booked to partake in a tag team match in the main event of Night One while he will take on Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania XL Night Two.


Cody Rhodes' Championships


  • All Elite Wrestling
    • AEW TNT Championship (3 times, inaugural)
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Championship (1 time)
    • ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Young Bucks
  • WWE
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
    • WWE Tag Team Championship (3times) – with Drew McIntyre (1) and Goldust (2)
    • World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Hardcore Holly (1) and Ted DiBiase Jr. (2)
    • Men’s Royal Rumble (2023 and 2024)
    • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship (with Jey Uso)


Cody Rhodes' Net Worth


As per various sources, Cody Rhodes is worth around $4 Million in 2024. Click here to read about the net worth of The American Nightmare in detail.


Cody Rhodes' Family


Dusty Rhodes (Father)


Dusty Rhodes is considered to be one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time. Every WWE fan is well aware of the fact that Dusty Rhodes is the father of Cody Rhodes. Born on 11th October 1945, Dusty Rhodes is better known by his nickname - "The American Dream", which is the opposite of the name his son uses - "The American Nightmare".


Dustin Rhodes (Half-brother)


Known by some as Goldust, while as Dustin Rhodes by others, Dustin Patrick Runnels is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and is the half-brother of Cody Rhodes. He was born in 1969 on the 11th of April and made his WWE debut in 1995. In 2019, he joined AEW alongside Cody Rhodes. However, he did not leave the company like Cody did in 2022.


Cody Rhodes' Wife


Cody’s wife, Brandi Rhodes (real name: Brandi Alexis Reed) is also a wrestler and holds the position of Chief Brand Officer of AEW. Brandi was born on June 23, 1983, in Canton, Michigan. She was a figure skater for 17 years and graduated from the University of Michigan.


Cody Rhodes' Wife


She was employed as a news reporter in Michigan for two years. She shifted to Miami and began modeling for renowned magazines such as Maxim and Hawaiian Tropic while also attending the University of Miami for a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism. She has also acted in the series WAGS Atlanta.





FAQs

Cody Rhodes is billed at 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) in WWE.
Cody Rhodes' biceps are around 18 inches. 
Cody Rhodes is married to Brandi Rhodes.
No, Cody Rhodes was an EVP at AEW when he was there. He does not hold any ownership in the company.

Cody Rhodes is worth around USD 4 Million as of 2024. 

Cody Rhodes has inked his American Nightmare logo on the side of his neck. 

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