The man that we know best as Cody Rhodes — but who now usually goes more or less by “Cody,” or “The American Nightmare,” if you’re nasty — left WWE just a couple of months before the current brand split that divided the roster between Raw and Smackdown Live. But as you might suspect, plans were in motion well before the split became official, because something of that magnitude requires at least a little planning.
I hope you won’t be too bummed out to hear this, but one of the tentative plans they had for Cody in the brand split was completely awesome, and not too far off-base from some fantasy booking that more than a few fans had come up with themselves. Some things are just lay-ups, you know?
Cody was recently on the air with 107.7 The Bone, which is actually a thing in the Bay Area, and he talked about how he came just one person’s approval away from pulling double duty after the draft:
“At one point the plan was for me to be Stardust on one brand, and Cody Rhodes on another brand. I thought that was a really great idea. Absolutely wanted to do it! Everybody wanted to do it except for one person who will remain nameless, but that one person has the main vote.”
Yep, that’s the best possible idea for Cody, all around. We can feel free to speculate all we want on who that “one person” was who nixed the plans, but there are really only a handful of people that it could possibly be. So speculate away! And like I said, try not to let this news ruin your day, because it didn’t happen anyway, and may have been one of the catalysts to convince Rhodes to ask for his release anyway.