Cody Rhodes may have departed from the WWE back in May, but he has been making plenty of headlines on the indie circuit since.
His release has not been the death of Cody Rhodes, quite the contrary. The 31-year-old has kept himself busy and recently announced that he would be starring in an episode of Arrow where he would resume his rivalry with the show's star, Stephen Amell.
Portraying Stardust, Rhodes met Amell at Summerslam in 2015 as part of a tag match featuring Wade Barrett and Adrian Neville. Although it was one of the few times that Rhodes enjoyed the spotlight with this character, overall, he fell way down the card as the almost anti-Goldust.
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Speaking on the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show, Rhodes opened up about the Stardust character and how it was never an idea he really supported.
"Listen, I didn't like the idea of Stardust but once it's handed to you, that's your job. That was my job and I wanted to create something, I did not want to get roped into being Goldust-lite. I thought I had my own nice dichotomy between the personality of my brother and myself, so I wanted to make it something different and we kind of lurched towards the super-villain route.
"On live events like that where the best wrestling in WWE actually is, on the live events, those moments are unforgettable. Stardust did things in a unique way, I probably would have just given you a shout out, but Stardust gave a shout out to your dog. He's a lover of animals, he's a cat guy, I don't even own a cat, but Stardust is a cat guy. Lot of weird things about him."
Rhodes isn't the first guy to be handed a horrible gimmick in WWE, but it's curious that given his father was the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, and the obvious in-ring skills he possesses, that Vince McMahon and co. didn't see bigger things for the former intercontinental champion.
He looks like he is rebuilding his reputation on the independent scene for the foreseeable future, but don't rule out a shock return to the WWE down the line.