During his WWE career, Cody has won the Intercontinental Championship twice, three times the WWE Tag Team Championship (twice with Goldust and once with Drew McIntyre) and three times the World Tag Team Championship (twice with Ted DiBiase Jr and once with Hardcore Holly).
He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and the half-brother of AEW wrestler Dustin Runnels. After an amateur wrestling career that resulted in him becoming a two-time Georgia state champion, he followed his father and older brother's footsteps into the professional ranks and joined WWE in 2006, initially being assigned to the company's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
After becoming a Triple Crown Champion in OVW, he was promoted to WWE's main roster in 2007 and remained there for nine years, performing under his real name and later as Stardust. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report Live, the former WWE superstar revealed his issues with new AEW wrestler Lance Archer: “No, there really wasn’t.
Maybe it’s because I’m a former Texan, and maybe it’s because he’s a Texan and there’s just a natural city-by-city Texas rivalry that has always existed. That’s why college sports and high school sports are so competitive.
Here’s another deep-dive, psychological, me examining myself as to perhaps why I don’t like him. I was somebody who was undervalued and under-appreciated, and now, I’m not undervalued and under-appreciated.
And I feel like I got to the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m harder on those same guys because a lot of times when you’re called ‘underrated,’ you’re not. You’re just not doing the work, or you’re missing a piece of your game.
So, I’m harder on guys that really come from my own boat, and perhaps for him, I don’t want to admit yet that he’s really been undervalued. But I’m admitting it to you fully now. We’re live. He has certainly been undervalued up until this point, and he’s heated up to the right degree now.
He’s right near the top of AEW as far as a real, true super heavyweight. For a guy I dislike, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about what he does in the ring actually”.