The Legacy that is Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Jr.

6 Dec

Cody Rhodes made his WWE TV debut on an episode of Monday Night RAW back in July 2007. At that time, Rhodes was a babyface who feuded with Randy Orton. After a sluggish start, the veteran Hardcore Holly took the young Rhodes until his wing and together, they won the World Tag Team Championships on the 15th anniversary of RAW in December 2007. For the next several months, things were looking good for Rhodes and Holly.

That is until May 2008 when WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase, Sr. made a surprise appearance on RAW to introduce the newest member to the RAW roster, his son Ted Dibiase, Jr. For the next several weeks, the younger DiBiase would taunt Rhodes and Holly. Rhodes and Holly would defend the World Tag Team Championships at the Night of Champions PPV against DiBiase and a mystery partner. Several Superstars such as John Bradshaw Layfield, Carlito, and even Ric Flair were briefly considered but in the end, Rhodes betrayed Holly by attacking him to align with DiBiase and won the tag team titles.

After a couple of months, DiBiase and Rhodes (then known as Priceless)  joined forces with Randy Orton to form Legacy. The stable, which also initially also included Manu (son of Afa, one-half of the Wild Samoans) and Sim Snuka (son of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who previously worked as Deuce of Deuce & Domino), would attack various babyface Superstars from CM Punk to Kofi Kingston to Triple H to Shawn Michaels to even the McMahon Family. It seemed that Legacy would be unstoppable.

However by January 2010, things began to unravel for Legacy (by then, both Snuka and Manu were “future Endeavored”) when Rhodes cost Orton the WWE Championship to rising Irish Superstar Sheamus at the Royal Rumble PPV.  After more misunderstandings at the Elimination Chamber PPV, Orton, DiBiase, and Rhodes settled their differences once and for all at WrestleMania 26 in a triple threat match in which Orton won.

In April 2010, Legacy disbanded for good when Rhodes was drafted to Friday Night SmackDown in the WWE Supplemental (not the TV) Draft while Orton and DiBiase stayed on RAW. The debate to see who would be the Shawn Michaels and who would be the Marty Janetty of Legacy would soon began.

At first, DiBiase would be groomed to be the breakout star of Legacy. He adopted the spoiled rich man gimmick as well as the Million Dollar Championship. Unfortunately, it wasn’t working out the way DiBiase has hoped.

Desperate to make a name for himself, DiBiase parted ways with Virgil and replaced him with former Divas Champion Maryse. However, the Million Dollar Couple as DiBiase and Maryse were known, would lose to the likes of John Morrison, Daniel Bryan, R-Truth, Goldust, Santino Marella, Natalya, Tamina, Eve Torres, and even NXT rookies Percy Watson and Brodus Clay (who would ditch DiBiase in favor of up-and-coming Mexican sensation Alberto Del Rio).

Meanwhile, things initially did not look good for Rhodes. At first, he was a generic heel who competed under the “Uncommon Son of a Common Man” moniker which failed to get over with the WWE Universe and was relegated to competing on WWE Superstars. But all that changed when the WWE Divas voted Rhodes WWE’s most handsome Superstar. As a result, Rhodes finally found his true gimmick of a self-obsessed good-looker in “Dashing” Cody Rhodes.

Since adopting the “Dashing” moniker, Rhodes would go on to be one of SmackDown’s top heels. His promos garnered him more heat as well as winning much of his matches. But aside from all that, Rhodes managed to win a tag team title, this time with Drew McIntyre. By January 2011, the “Dashing” gimmick was starting to get stale and if Rhodes was ever gonna advance to the pecking order, someone was gonna destroy his gimmick.

Enter Rey Mysterio who was then one of SmackDown’s most popular babyfaces. During a match on an episode of SmackDown, Mysterio’s 619 maneuver resulted in Rhodes breaking his nose. As a result, Rhodes missed both the Royal Rumble and the Elimination Chamber PPV’s as well as several weeks of action. When Rhodes did return, he viciously assaulted Mysterio and took Mysterio’s mask off.

For the next several weeks, Rhodes and Mysterio would continue their feud which saw Rhodes defeat Mysterio at WrestleMania 27 (by contrast, DiBiase competed in the preshow dark match) while Mysterio returned the favor at the Extreme Rules PPV before he was drafted to RAW (ironically, both Orton and DiBiase were drafted to SmackDown that very same year).

Rhodes would go on to become one of the most despised heels in the WWE and solidified it when he won the Intercontinental Championship in August 2011 on an episode of SmackDown (a title he continues to hold this very same day).

Today, Rhodes continues to be one of the WWE’s rising young stars while DiBiase has been lost in the shuffle but what does the future hold for these two young men? Only time will tell.

 

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One Response to “The Legacy that is Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Jr.”

  1. RM December 6, 2011 at 9:49 am #

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