Cody signed a development contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in June 2006, at the age of twenty one. On May 13th he made his debut in WWE development territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), defeating in tandem with Elijah Burke Jack Bull and Pat Buck.
On August 11th, he and his father Dusty Rhodes defeated Stevens and James. Following his departure from WWE, Rhodes began wrestling on the independent circuit, also making several appearances in Total Nonstop Action (TNA).
In the time frame spanning from early 2016 to early 2017, he competed at WWE's WrestleMania, Ring of Honor (ROH)'s Final Battle and the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) Wrestle Kingdom events as well as appearing for TNA at Bound for Glory.
In September 2017, Rhodes wrestled in ROH, where he became a one-time ROH World Champion, one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion (due to ROH's partnership with the National Wrestling Alliance), one-time IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion and a one-time ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion (with The Young Bucks)—at one point holding the NWA World, IWGP U.S., and ROH Six-Man titles simultaneously.
Speaking with Bleacher Report Live, the AEW superstar commented on Lance Archer being just hype: “Sometime you just don’t like people and you kind of want to discredit them, and it’s always good to be self aware, especially in wrestling, when you just don’t like someone.
Lance Archer is just someone I don’t like. I even took a veiled shot at him in my interview about his run with the New Japan US Title — a title I also held. So in burying him, for a moment, I was legit burying myself.
I don’t like Lance Archer. I don’t — I think it’s hype. For a guy I dislike, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about what he does in the ring actually."