Twenty-four hours after announcing that he has requested his release from WWE, former multiple-time Intercontinental champion Cody Rhodes (Stardust) tweeted an update about his status with the company.
Under his personal Twitter account @PrinceCGR, Rhodes stated that all reports following his announcement on Saturday are false. He also said he hopes to clarify all the speculation later today. He retweeted that message on his official WWE Twitter account, too.
Tonight, WWE will present the Extreme Rules pay-per-view from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Performing under the Stardust gimmick, Rhodes was not scheduled for any matches or any storyline this evening. However, with the above tweet, Rhodes has generated speculation that his release from WWE could be part of an angle.
With Rhodes stating that he hopes to provide answers “by this evening” on a day that WWE is hosting a pay-per-view, it’s within the realm of possibility.
Yesterday afternoon, on the same Twitter account, Rhodes sent out a pair of tweets, stating that he requested a release from WWE after a 10-year tenure.
After those tweets were sent out, Rhodes received a lot of attention on social media. For starters, his real-life spouse and WWE ring announcer Eden Stiles (Brandi Rhodes) proclaimed her support for Rhodes.
There was a report from the Inquisitr that Rhodes and his real-life brother Goldust left the SmackDown tapings this week before the show began. However, Goldust is still with the company after performing at live events over the weekend.
Also, actor Stephen Amell, who worked with Rhodes at SummerSlam last year in a tag team match, thanked him and wished him the best going forward.
Rhodes, 30, has been on WWE television since 2007 when he debuted in an on-screen feud with Randy Orton and a subsequent run as WWE World Tag Team champion with Hardcore Holly. Rhodes’ first major storyline was being a part of the Orton-led stable Legacy. The faction lasted for parts of three years before dissipating in early 2010.
After Legacy, Rhodes had several different gimmicks, the first of which was “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, boasting his good looks. A broken nose led to Rhodes adopting a darker gimmick and wrestling with a protective mask. During that time, he captured the Intercontinental championship and re-debuted the classic design of the title that still exists today.
He spent parts of two years teaming with recently-fired superstar Damien Sandow as the Rhodes Scholars — but the duo never captured tag team gold. Later in 2013, Rhodes began teaming with Goldust as the duo chased and won WWE Tag Team gold. In 2014, Rhodes adopted the Stardust gimmick after Goldust consistently lost matches for the duo.
Rhodes has been stuck in mid-card limbo for the better part of two years as Stardust. All told, Rhodes has accumulated six WWE Tag Team championship reigns with four different partners (Holly, DiBiase, Goldust, and Drew McIntyre). He is also a two-time Intercontinental champion and Slammy award winner.
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