To claim the WWE have missed the mark with some talents down the years would probably be an understatement.
When Ryback burst onto the scene in 2011 and entered into a main event feud with CM Punk, many WWE fans would have told you that they wanted him to win the WWE title.
Ultimately, The Big Guy would leave the company in 2016 due to a feeling he deserved to be utilised better and he has become just another footnote in WWE history.
But what about Cody Rhodes? The son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes had a solid WWE career before also departing in 2016 as a six-time WWE tag team champion and a two-time Intercontinental champion.
In 2013, Rhodes looked primed to win the Money in the Bank briefcase and would have surely gone on to a world title reign, but Damien Sandow, his tag partner at the time, won that honour instead.
Except, he didn't win the world title and the storyline seemed like a great waste of time.
From there, Rhodes would become Stardust and a mid-card afterthought before exiting the company, but since hitting the independent circuit, Rhodes has become the Ring of Honor world champion, the NWA world champion and the New Japan United States champion.
It's common knowledge in the wrestling industry that Rhodes and his Elite friends are all free agents at the start of 2019 and rumours have circulated that the WWE would make big offers to the former Bullet Club members.
During a live podcast appearance on Fight Forever Wrestling’s special production of Bruce Prichard’s podcast Something To Wrestle in Liverpool, England, Cody revealed that he had recently turned down an offer to return to WWE noting that he had “passed on the WWE offer a few weeks ago."
There is no doubt in this writer's mind that Rhodes could be a world champion in the WWE and a very successful one at that, especially in today's climate.
Will he ever go back? Surely he must feel he has some unfinished business in the company, but does he trust them to serve him properly? That's going to be the perpetual question.
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