Cody, Living the Dream
I've always been an admirer of Cody. As a third-generation wrestler, his ability to turn any situation into a main event, with or without a belt on the line, wouldn't surprise any wrestling fan like myself, and yet, it never ceased to amaze.
Cody has carved quite a legend for himself ever since he took the leap of faith moving over to the independent wrestling scene to eventually become an undisputed top drawing power for ROH Wrestling.
An accomplished wrestler as Cody is, he is also a trend-setter. His ability to elicit emotion from fans on a global scale, and do it consistently, makes him the heart and the soul of any pro wrestling matchup, overshadowing even the best competitors.
Over the course of his recent feuds with The Kingdom and Matt Taven specifically, to the heated exchanges with fellow Bullet Club member and all-around great Kenny Omega, Cody has gone far and beyond to develop his gimmick and show he can always get the crowd going, regardless a heel or a face.
At a point where ROH features terrific contemporary talent like The Young Bucks, Austin Aries and Jay Lethal, Cody seems to be the one to steer the ship. In a very similar fashion as Dusty Rhodes would set trends, records and push the envelope outside WWF,
Cody now does the same outside WWE.
Let's take this perspective to the upcoming Ring of Honor: Best In The World June 29 live on FITE, where ROH top three competitors collide for one of the most prestigious belts on the scene.
A Triple Threat match between the reigning World Champion Dalton Castle, Cody and Marty Scurll is every wrestling fan dream setup. Expectations surge, so are speculations of how this is going to unfold.
With such a huge matchup in sight and as a lifelong wrestling fan myself, I fall no exception (opinion my own and by no way influenced or representative of FITE or Ring of Honor) and imagine a drastic shift of direction with the belt changing hands from Dalton Castle over to Marty Scurll.
Pushing the boundaries of imagination even further, one can picture a new bitter feud rising in the dusk of Castle's reign and the dawn of Scurll's.
A feud between the true "American Nightmare" Cody and the heroic "Villian" Marty Scurll.
The Bullet Club is Fine
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A feud to cement Cody's lead of Bullet Club while chasing the belt that's in the hands of a former stable mate. Such a feud would be time-proof.
More moral dilemmas can unfold in Cody's pack. More depth can be added with Marty being a former member.
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This is exactly the kind of rivalry I feel Cody needs at this stage. In a sense, this would be a reverse of his father's story.
Like "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes was the face of the blue collar people, fighting the rich and underhanded in Ric Flair and The Four Horsemen, Cody will take the opposite route of being the unscrupulous leader of The Bullet Club, trying to steal the belt from the tough but loved Marty Scurll.
Much like his father decades ago, Cody's role is pivotal for transforming the pro wrestling industry.
Cody doesn't bend over to the wishes of people deeply set in their world views. He doesn't need to prove that he belongs in the spotlight when he's the one creating it.
We'll have to wait and see if my little fan fiction will actually happen.
Regardless of how this match plays out, I'd be very excited to see this story developing.
Whatever the outcome, it will not lessen Cody's status. At this point of his career, we can only expect truly great things of him.
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