Let's play a little game, shall we?
Take a look at the following list:
"He’s not going to WWE"
"He’ll be Stardust again"
"Nice debut, but he’s going to be in the midcard soon"
"He’s not a main eventer"
"Yeah he main evented, but now he’s hurt and will be lost in the shuffle when he returns"
"He won't/shouldn't win the Rumble when he returns"
"The crowd’s going to turn on him"
"He won't/shouldn’t main event WrestleMania"
"He can’t hang with Roman"
For each one you've uttered since Cody Rhodes' incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 38, give yourself a point. Give yourself an extra 10 points if you've done them all.
Are we all tallied up? Remember, we're on the honor system. No cheating - hustle, loyalty respect applies here.
Congrats to the winners. Your prize is in the mail - we hope you enjoy!
You're going to look fabulous wearing said prize on Sunday, April 2 because, unless you somehow stumbled here by accident or are waking up from a year-long coma (boy, you've missed A LOT), you know that Cody Rhodes is main eventing WrestleMania against the longest reigning WWE Champion of the last 35 years, Roman Reigns.
On that grand stage (the grandest stage of them all, some are saying), it'll be fully realized that Cody Rhodes has proven the denialists wrong every step of the way.
I can rain down all the empirical data and anecdotal stories to support the position, but truthfully, let your eyes and ears lead the way. The crowd has attached itself to Cody like very few babyfaces in the modern era. You can probably count them on one hand.
Let's just be clear here - the debate is over. Cody Rhodes is a main eventer, a top guy, the likely future face of WWE.
Now, dear reader (thanks M. G0MEZ!), here's where I tell you that you don't HAVE to like Cody. In fact, I've been in your shoes before. I'd share more about the guy (maybe even a visual example), but I'm pretty sure you'd have trouble seeing him. I'm fully aware Cody's not for everyone - the look, the style, the promos, the tattoo, the last half of the AEW run. I get it. He's not everyone's cup of tea. Hell, I even questioned if he was top of the card material before his return last April.
And that's ok, you're entitled to like who you like and dislike who you dislike. But what can't be denied is each time the goalpost has been moved in the "Cody can't and won't do this" game, he's charged forward, blown right past it and came out looking even better on the other side.
That takes us less than two weeks away to Los Angeles, with the final "yeah, but" in full view.
You may even be saying it right now, "He won't and shouldn’t win the title."
Well, if I can crib from your favorite color analyst and mine, I'm afraid I got some bad news.
The headline on Monday, April 3:
It's Undeniable: A New Champ Crowned, Cody Rhodes Finishes His Story.