Cody Rhodes has recently joined the long list of superstars to be released by the WWE, sparking the question, is WWE misusing its talent, and is it unable to manage talent anymore?
Cody Rhodes has been in the company for ten years and has had various gimmicks throughout his tenure, however, his most recent gimmick ‘Stardust’ appeared to have hurt his image and opportunities in the WWE
In his recent twitter message to fans, he stated various reasons why he was frustrated with both the WWE and its creative team, who create the gimmicks superstars use and the storylines that they act out.
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He speaks of multiple conversations with people such as Triple H in attempts to bring back his old gimmick with his own name but was unsuccessful each time.
Cody was very humble and honest in his message, taking the opportunity to thank the WWE for the opportunities he had received, whilst voicing his frustrations at the ones he couldn’t achieve, most notably, the chance of becoming WWE Champion.
Cody now joins a growing list of superstars such as Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow, who also recently left the company.
Arguably, all of these superstars share this common problem of misuse, and it’s disheartening considering the sheer level of talent these superstars have.
WWE appears not to be handling its talent very well, resulting in the influx of superstars leaving the promotion.
Ryback recently voiced opinions on how he felt he was not afforded the opportunities he deserved in the company, many of which were parallel to what Rhodes had stated in his message to the fans.
It is also arguable that WWE Creative have had a big part to play in this problem, especially in the case of Cody Rhodes, as his ‘Stardust’ gimmick is essentially exactly the same as his older brother Dustin, who uses the well-known ‘Goldust’ gimmick.
Initially, this gimmick began as a sort of tribute to his brother, transitioning into a tag team together and then a subsequent rivalry. However, after this had ended, the gimmick was still used and it left many fans confused as to why. We essentially have two incarnations of the same gimmick.
Perhaps it is time for the WWE to consider mixing up the staff on its creative team if they are to prevent this type of issue occurring again in the future.
It is true of course that not every superstar is capable of being afforded all the opportunities they desire at the same time, however, given the sheer amount of superstars leaving the company this year, and the superstars that may still leave, you have to wonder, will WWE react to this?
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