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It is never easy to make it in the wrestling business and for generational talent they may be given opportunities a lot quicker than others, but they have their own hurdles to overcome that first-generation talent don’t have and that is comparisons to their parent and living up to the lineage. Being a generational talent, the bar is set so much higher earlier on in their career despite them being rookies. It is a prime reason why so many generational talents end up failing to live up to the name and legacy and leave the industry because in many cases they are compared to their parent’s legacy and if they aren’t just as good or better the office and fans lose all faith in them.
In Cody Rhodes case, he not only has the shadow of his legendary hall of fame, father, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, who without a doubt was one of the most popular performers of all time but incredibly creative both on and off screen behind the scenes. Dusty is directly responsible for some of the most creative concepts in wrestling history from creating War Games (a legacy continued and honored this Sunday by NXT), to PPVs such as Starrcade & The Great American Bash and the countless performers he worked with both on and off screen that learned from or were inspired by Dusty.
Cody also has the added shadow of his older brother, Dustin Rhodes, who set his own creative legacy in the business as the controversial and groundbreaking character, Goldust in the WWF/E and the countless moments and matches he has created for over 30 years.