Cody Rhodes has been performing as Stardust for a little over a year now and has finally stated that he will return to the Cody gimmick for a one-off special.
Many thought that Cody would return as a face after his father's passing and turn back into the Rhodes character. Instead, WWE kept him as a heel and since Stardust has become one of the best characters on the roster and has been dropping little tributes to his father in his promos.
WHY DID HE RETURN AS STARDUST?
Recently Cody conducted an interview with The Pittsburgh Tribune Review where he talked about how he handled his father's passing and when he will bring back the Cody character.
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"[Coming back as Cody] would have been tacky and it wouldn’t have been genuine. Many years ago, I used to watch RAW with my dad, and we watched Nitro and we watched the pay-per-views. Many years ago, there was a wrestler who passed away, and his name was used pretty regularly after that on programming.
"People were using it to try draw the adulation of fans. Everyone was saying, “Oh, well such and such who passed away would have loved this.” And (my father) told me, and this is something very few people know, “When I go don’t ever let anybody say that about me. I left my body of work on the table already and it doesn’t need to be expanded.” And I never forgot that. So there was never any question on who was coming back."
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WHEN WILL THE CHARACTER RETURN?
Cody did announce that he will be returning as his character as a one off to present the trophy for the winner of the Dusty Rhodes classic.
"The Dusty Rhodes tag tournament taking place in NXT is something he would really be proud of because of all the platforms it gives to talent, including independent talent that came in for a shot to win the Dusty Rhodes tag tournament. I will actually be there myself, (as) me — for the first time a while on WWE programming — Cody Rhodes and my brother will be there to present the trophy, which I’m looking forward to seeing.
"I had some help in preparing it for whomever is victorious in said tag team tournament. It’s a great way to honor him, and I think we continue to honor him. WWE just put it all out there. A lot of families lose a loved one and they don’t get the chance to see video packages and tributes. They have to do all that themselves and put it together. It was done for me, and I’m forever in their debt for that."
The final of the tournament takes place at NXT: Takeover respect on October 7 with the favorites still being NXT Champion Finn Balor and Samoa Joe. It will be interesting to see how WWE handle the character change for Stardust and also the return to WWE TV of Goldust.