Just because a superstar leaves the WWE, it doesn’t mean they can’t achieve success elsewhere.
We have seen that quite often over the years. Most recently, Drew McIntyre was brought back into the fold after being released, and in between that time he impressed on the independent scene and looks like a main event star in the making.
Even Luke Gallows can be thrown into the mix, who ended up impressing as part of The Bullet Club and is now teaming alongside Karl Anderson in the WWE. However, perhaps no former WWE star has enjoyed more independent success since leaving the biggest wrestling promotion in the world than Cody.
After competing in the WWE as Cody Rhodes and Stardust, the former Intercontinental Champion - who many were convinced would make a fantastic world champion - ended up trying his luck on the independent circuit and is now the leader of The Bullet Club.
He’s also put together the biggest independent wrestling event possible, helping form the ‘All In’ show with 10,000 tickets selling out in less than 30 minutes. Having impressed so much and currently enjoying a fantastic run outside of WWE, many are wondering why the company would have quickly let go of an asset who could have been so valuable.
When Cody sat down with Edge and Christian on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, he revealed that following the passing of his father, WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, he wanted to ditch the Stardust gimmick and revert to Cody.
Although he was upset to go as he had family and friends there, the fact that names like Triple H, Vince McMahon and other WWE brass agreed to the plan, they didn’t do anything about it, and those empty words saw him depart.
According to Wrestling Inc, he said: "I wanted to go back to being Cody Rhodes.
"Vince was being receptive to it. Hunter was being receptive to it. The problem was they were taking too long. And my dad had just [passed]. It may have been a minute, but he passed away. And there was some inner turmoil, and when you have that inner turmoil, the last thing you want is turmoil at work, I think. And I just couldn't handle it. It was sad. It was sad to put on that suit. It was like being a sad clown, literally. It was sad.
“And I knew they were receptive and thought maybe this was a good idea, but I needed it now. It just came to, 'I'm going to leave, you don't get to fire me, but you also don't get to fix me. I'm going to go out, and I'm going to fix myself. And who knows what I'm going to do after that?'"
Nobody can blame Cody for leaving for that reason. It was obvious he could only achieve so much as Stardust, and the passing of Dusty only cemented his decision to ditch that suit and go back to a gimmick that could have much more success.
In the end, it seems like a loss for the WWE. While they might have arguably their most stacked roster in recent memory, Cody has carved himself into a superstar who could easily have an impressive run as world champion in Vince’s promotion.
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