Cody Rhodes is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes. He carried on his father’s legacy, and made an indelible mark on WWE. Rhodes’s career in WWE has been filled with some of its most memorable moments. From his 2007 debut to his departure in 2016, and then his return in 2022. WWE fans were thrilled to see Rhodes’ return with the American Nightmare gimmick.
Cody Rhodes, due to personal problems with the company in 2016, left WWE and reinvented his career in other wrestling promotions like Ring of Honor or All Elite Wrestling. He won many titles during his time in these federations. He wrestled with top-tier stars like Kenny Omega and Young Bucks. Here are some of his most iconic moments from WWE.
Battle of the Rhodes #5
Cody’s career was marked by a memorable moment in 2013, when he got into a fight with his brother in real life, Goldust. They faced each other in a Battleground match, with Dusty Rhodes in their corner. The brothers were fiercely competitive and eventually secured their place at the top.
Hell In A Cell #4
His popularity grew quickly after his WrestleMania 28 return and his victory over The Visionary Seth Rollins. He managed to beat Rollins again, even after he suffered a torn muscle in his pectoral region. He beat the Kingslayer 3 times in a line. The Hell in a Cell match between them and the Kingslayer was named the best of the season. Cody became the biggest babyface of the company after this moment.
The Intercontinental Championship
Cody Rhodes won the Intercontinental Championship in 2011 by defeating Ezekiel. This was Rhodes’s first Intercontinental Championship and cemented him as a rising superstar in WWE. Rhodes was pursuing the Intercontinental Championship since months and his win over Jackson came following a match that showed off both men’s in ring skills. This win established Rhodes’s place as a future WWE main-event wrestler and force to be feared.
#2 Main Eventing WrestleMania 39
He set his sights on the WWE Championship after winning the WWE Royal Rumble in 2023. The WWE Championship was placed on the shoulders of Roman Reigns. He had multiple fights with the Bloodline before the event. It was his long-held dream to be the main event at WrestleMania. It was the most important moment of his career.
The #1 Winning Royal Rumble in 2023
Royal Rumble in 2023 was one of his best moments. He won the match by eliminating Gunther after entering the Rumble at number 30. It was a very exciting match, with many outstanding performances inside the ring. He also eliminated five wrestlers including Braun Strowman Logan Paul and Gunther.