On Friday night at Ring of Honor’s Best in the World event, the formerly known Cody Rhodes became the new ROH Heavyweight Champion, after defeating Christopher Daniels in stunning fashion.
When Cody left the WWE just a year ago, he made his mark in the Indy scene by making a list of what he desired, and who he wanted to face. Rhodes went on to compete in PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament, and later faced off against Kurt Angle, Adam Cole, Mike Bennett, Pat Buck, Katsuyori Shibata and others.
On top of that, Rhodes went on to debut for ROH at Final Battle, TNA at Bound for Glory, and earlier this year, he debuted for NJPW at Wrestle Kingdom 11. All of those bouts are the biggest events of those aforementioned companies, and to accomplish so much should be considered history to some extent.
When Cody left the WWE, most people felt that he wouldn’t matter afterwards, that was until he started making people recognize who he really is, he faced off against today’s best and has proven that the naysayers were wrong about everything they said about Cody in a negative light, that Cody has the most potential to be a true star.
The historical part of Cody winning the ROH Heavyweight Championship is that he’s still a free agent, and he is nowhere near under contract with ROH. In terms of committing, Rhodes does not plan to at the moment. For him to win the companies highest accolade proves there is more than one royal family in professional wrestling.
Cody still has a match next Saturday, as he is still set to face off against Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for day one of G1. Whether he wins or loses, Cody has done more in one year working for the Indies and Japan than his twelve years in the WWE. The fact that he is only thirty-one years old proves that Rhodes still has a lot more in him, and perhaps winning the ROH Heavyweight Championship is just the first title in a long line of them.
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