WWE fans all around the world were in a state of shock when it was announced that Cody Rhodes would be leaving the company.
The son of a wrestling legend like Dusty Rhodes - and with veteran performer Goldust as a brother - it seemed completely likely that Cody would be a WWE lifer, someone who would stick with Vince McMahon and co. until he retired.
It wasn't just the WWE Universe who were left reeling after Rhodes' shock departure, because so did another WWE star, Randy Orton.
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Orton took to his personal Twitter account last night to reveal that he was "sad" about Cody deciding enough was enough and that he had lost a friend.
"Yes indeed...one of the few people I legitimately considered a friend at work."
Rhodes and Orton are both second generation superstars with Cody's dad being Dusty and Orton's father being Cowboy Bob Orton, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2005.
The two superstars first came together to form The Legacy - a collection of young multi-generational stars - along with Ted DiBiase as well as Manu and Sim Snuka, who were affiliated with the group before its official formation.
As a group, The Legacy helped Orton win the 2009 Royal Rumble while also aiding him to three WWE World Championship title wins, while the team of Rhodes and DiBiase won the WWE Tag Team titles twice during that period.
Orton truly is the most honest guy in the WWE, so when he says that he is truly upset by Rhodes departure then he means it. While Orton has respect for a lot of the WWE stars, he isn't friends with many of them, including John Cena - who he has feuded with so much during his career all the way from OVW to the present day.
Losing a true friend is tough any time it happens, but when it's one of the few friends you have at your workplace it makes it even harder.
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