Cody Rhodes: Put Some Respek on His Name

Bryan “Birdman” Williams’ near 3-minute Wake UP Show rant has been turned into a joke. In anger he demanded its three radio hosts put “respek” on his name, meaning he should not be mentioned on their program in a disrespectful manner. The slurred reference has been overused throughout all forms of media and social networking ever since.

In the case of Cody Rhodes for the purpose of this article, it’s not a joke, it’s nothing to laugh about, and it’s a well-deserved application of the term.

On Saturday May 21, Cody sent out a tweet (@PrinceCGR) informing all he’d requested his release from WWE. Surprised followers immediately began to speculate his reasons. On Sunday May 22, WWE officially announced his departure from the company.

To clear the air Cody issued a very to-the-point explanation to fans via social networking. He’d grown tired of his current role as the character Stardust, a variation of his real life brother Goldust (Dustin Rhodes). He’d begged WWE’s writers to allow his return to “Cody Rhodes”, even pitching numerous ideas how to carry out the transformation.

He was denied.

Though Cody made the most of all tasks scripted, his desire was to not only be in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture, but to one day be awarded the title. He felt being crowned would honor his late father, WWE Hall of Fame icon, “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.

Several times in the statement he expressed gratitude for the life being a sports entertainer has afforded him. However it was never about the money. It was about being a wrestler, honoring the physical art his father helped legitimize. It was about winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, a title his father was never awarded.

And honestly, like his father, and his brother too, Cody Rhodes deserved it.

Cody’s a former Ohio Valley Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, 2-time Intercontinental Champion, and 6-time tag champion.

His brother’s a 3-time Intercontinental Champion, 2-time United States Champion, 9-time Hardcore Champion, and 6-time tag champion between NWA, WCW and WWE.

Their father is a celebrated legend, and one of the single greatest professional wrestlers to ever step foot in a ring. Dusty held a number of heavyweight, secondary and tag championships throughout his illustrious career, in various promotions across the country. He never held a title in WWE.

Dusty did, however, hold the keys to WWE’s future, grooming many of their future champions. One of those is Charlotte, daughter of 16-time World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair; Roman Reigns, a member of the Anoa’I family along with The Rock, is another.

The Flairs, Anoa’Is, and we can’t neglect to mention Harts, are not met with jokes, they’re nothing to laugh about it. All three family legacies have WWE championship “respek” on their names.

Cody Rhodes didn’t get his while in WWE, so he respectfully asked to be released. Unfortunately it was in this circumstance they chose to honor him instead of deny him.

By: Mr. Joe Walker

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