Cody Rhodes/Stardust Asks For His WWE Release

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here with the Armbar Express. I’m here to discuss the Twitter announcement from Cody Rhodes a.k.a. Stardust, who revealed that he has asked for his release from WWE. Coming off the recent releases and MANY rumours of futures departures from the company, this one is quite a big one.

Cody tweeted the news yesterday on his personal account.

Just like Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes had the potential to become a true main-event star. He’s got the blood of a wrestling legend in Dusty Rhodes. He was one of the best workers in the roster, being able to use an old-school in-ring style and adapt it to a vastly different and high-paced style. He has charisma and was dedicated to getting the most out of himself and his character, no matter how badly he had it. He’s got the look of a marketable pretty boy and to my knowledge, had been anything but a pain backstage. I’ve rarely seen stories about backstage heat on Cody Rhodes or any issues he’s had with fellow wrestlers. He’s the ultimate workhorse, even with the last name of Rhodes.

You know, it’s very easy to look at a guy and say: “he deserved to be champion.” We’ve said that about Mr Perfect. We’ve said that about William Regal. We’ve said that about a lot of people. I Googled the term deserve and the definition I got was: “do something or have or show qualities worthy of (a reaction which rewards or punishes as appropriate).” Every one of the qualities I mentioned above describes Cody Rhodes and his actions certainly were more deserving of rewards rather than punishment. Even so, I don’t even think Cody Rhodes has even been given a single world championship program in his entire WWE career.

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Now he’s been in pretty big storylines while with WWE. He was a member of Legacy, with Legacy’s leader Randy Orton being the biggest part of WWE storylines in 2009. He was the one that re-introduced the classic Intercontinental Championship as part of a great run as Intercontinental Champion from August 2011 until WrestleMania 28. He was a key part in a tremendous program with the Rhodes Family taking on the Shield, leading to a classic tag team match at Battlerground 2013. He had the “Stardust” gimmick and still did his very best to make the most out of his character. Even so, he was never considered for a big main event push. After nearly a decade of blood, sweat and tears, Cody Rhodes was never given the main event opportunity.

Being deserving of something and being entitled to something are two completely different things. I may go on Twitter or write something, suggesting that “this guy deserves a push.” There are so many guys that have been lost in the shuffle for many years now, which is detrimental to the product. I don’t want those guys to be wasted, as those guys have qualities that is worthy of a reward. That’s being deserving. I will, however, never say that someone is entitled to anything. Nobody has the right to have x amount of title runs. Nobody has the right to be in x amount of WrestleMania main events. Despite that, Cody Rhodes was as close as a wrestler can be to being entitled to much more than he was getting. What more could Cody do to be “given the ball?”

Cody has the genetics of a champion. Cody has the charisma of the champion. Cody has the wrestling ability of a champion. What more was there for Cody to have in order for WWE to give him a championship run or even a title shot? I don’t understand.

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I’m sure there’s a lot of people already speculating that this is a grand work but I highly doubt that. I know there’s been examples of wrestlers that have tweeted their departure on Facebook or Twitter, only for it to have been a big swerve. A memorable example to me was when Devon tweeted that he was quitting TNA but was back for the 2012 Bound For Glory pay-per-view. However, I don’t think so. I mentioned this during my post about the initial WWE releases. There was just more to come from this and unfortunately, this is it. Brooklyn Brawler’s release was announced shortly after this, with a few more being speculated as well. Cody’s deal is just one of them and he chose to tweet it first himself.

There have been several more tweets of support for Cody. There’s been tweets from Arrow star Stephen Amell and Cody’s wife Brandi Rhodes a.k.a. Eden both tweeted.

It’s a shame because of what I mentioned before. Of course, Cody could easily come back some time down the road. I don’t think that relations between WWE and Cody are terrible or anything, so of course the possibility is there for a return.

Have any favourite memories or thoughts about the release of Cody Rhodes/Stardust? Tweet me @TomRobinson5199 and @ArmbarExpress and give us your thoughts, or leave a comment.

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WWE 2K16 Season Pass DLC Revealed – Thoughts and Reactions

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here again with WWE 2K16 news. A new video has been released by 2K showcasing the newest downloadable content and season packs to be made available following the release of the game. I’ll post the video down below and I’m going to share my thoughts on this upcoming content.

We’ll kick things off with the WWE legends pack. Legends pack have pretty much become an annual thing for WWE DLC content and this content features six wrestlers. It features….

The inclusion of more women wrestlers is a big plus with the announcement that the four horsewomen from NXT WON’T be in the game at all. I think 2K might have put in Trish and Lita to counter the fact that there won’t be Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley. If there were to be no women included in the DLC, I think that might have provoked an unwanted reaction. Dusty and Hot Rod are also included, probably as a tribute following their deaths. Neither man was in WWE 2K15 and it’s great to see the two of them here. Big Bossman might be in to bring in more wrestlers involved in the attitude era, since the main showcase mode is based on Stone Cold Steve Austin. Perfect is a man from the golden era of wrestling so it’s good that this list tries its best to cover as many time periods of WWE as possible.

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The 2015 Hall of Fame showcase is were it gets interesting. There’s a lot of interesting wrestlers and big names announced with this list of matches that we’re getting with this showcase. This list of matches are down below, with the Hall of Fame inductees highlighted in bold…

  • Randy Savage vs Jake “The Snake” Roberts
  • Rikishi vs The Rock
  • Alundra Blaze vs Paige
  • Larry Zbyskzo vs Arn Anderson
  • Tatsumi Fujinami vs Ric Flair
  • The Bushwhackers (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) vs The Natural Disasters (Typhoon and Earthquake)
  • The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) vs Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray)

It’s an interesting set of matches that have been picked out. The Savage vs Roberts feud is probably one of the Macho Man’s most iconic feuds. We saw Savage vs Ultimate Warrior in the last game and we’d seen Savage vs Hogan at WWE 2K14 so this is something different for us to dive into. Rikishi vs The Rock is an interesting one. No disrespect to Rikishi, but there isn’t a lot of memorable matches that he’s had in his career. I’d call for the Armageddon Hell in a Cell match to be in the game but it’d be hard to get permission for Kurt Angle to be included.

Alundra Blaze vs PAIGE is an interesting one as it’s actually a fantasy match-up. This one’s an interesting change from the rest of them as this is a dream match for the fans to play out. I’d like to have seen more matches like this. Maybe in future games, introduce a lot more fantasy match showcase for the fans to really get into. Larry Zybskzo vs Arn Anderson. I would have liked to have seen Larry Zybskzo vs Bruno Sammartino a bit more as that was a big feud for Larry. This match might still be in but the potential reason to go with Arn over Bruno was probably down to Bruno’s playability. I’ve heard that it was very hard to play as Bruno in WWE 2K14 so it might have been better to do Arn, whose got a slightly more advanced moveset.

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Tatsumi Fujinami vs Ric Flair is a match that I don’t have a problem with. That’s the match that a lot of American fans will remember him for and it’s a great match to introduce a Japanese legend to an 2015 American younger audience. The Bushwhackers vs the Natural Disasters sounds lovely. I’m more interested in Typhoon and Earthquake being in the game more than anything as I see a lot of potential in that!

The Outsiders vs Harlem Heat was the last one. This one is for Kevin Nash, who was inducted last year. It’s nice to feature a bit of WCW in this showcase. We’ve got Zybszko’s match and Fujinami’s match but the Outsiders match is during the peak of the nWo storyline, which was really the highlight of WCW. I’d like to see an nWo showcase one of these days.

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There’s the New Moves pack, which is another annual DLC feature. The moves included are…

  • Nikki Bella’s corner enzuigiri… which never really looks that good!
  • Paige’s Avalanche Ram… which is Paige’s RamPaige finisher from the top rope
  • Kevin Owens’ Sidewinder Suplex from the top rope
  • The Standing Crossface Chickenwing that Cody Rhodes did
  • Finn Balor’s Dragon Sleeper
  • Sin Cara’s springboard senton off the top rope
  • John Cena’s swinging facebuster thing

A lot of these moves are pretty cool, including Sin Cara’s senton. I’m not a fan of Nikki’s enzuigiri though. I might just take a pass on that.

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Finally, there’s a Future Stars pack with a few NXT stars. It includes the former NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy. It includes Los Matadores and lastly it includes… SAMOA JOE! Yes! I’m a huge fan of Samoa Joe, so I am OVER THE MOON with his inclusion. I heard that 2K were wanting to put Joe in as DLC since he debuted in May. I’m glad that it’s finally a reality!

So that’s the list. There’s a lot of interesting names on the list. I think the Hall of Fame showcase is a good idea in theory, but the matches aren’t THAT appealing. There’s not a lot of great or memorable matches that the likes of the Bushwhackers and Rikishi can have. However, I think it’s a cool little touch to get those legends into a showcase and the matches so far are fine.

SPOILERS: Samoa Joe and Finn Balor Team Up For NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for upcoming NXT episodes. If you do not wish to be spoiled, click away now.
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Coming up on NXT will be the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. As William Regal stated on NXT TakeOver, the tag team tournament will be leading into the upcoming NXT TakeOver event in October. The tournament is set to begin next week. William Regal announced this week on NXT that Rhino and Baron Corbin would be teaming up in the tournament to take on the Ascension. Neville said he wanted to be in the tournament. However, a very interesting tag team was seen in the NXT tapings for the first round of the tournament.

NXT Champion Finn Balor was seen teaming up with Samoa Joe as part of the tournament. I’m looking forward to seeing how these two work as a tag team and it also gives the tournament some fire power. Two of the top stars in the NXT roster teaming up will make for some incredible television. But according to Dave Meltzer, the purpose for this tag team is even greater than you’d think.

According to a report from NoDQ.com: “According to Dave Meltzer, the reason these two were paired together it to set up a feud between Joe and Balor for the NXT Championship. He speculates that the two won’t be able to co-exist and they will end up turning on each other.”

I do like this idea of the two of them forming as a tag team that doesn’t get along. These two, in NXT storylines, are very proud individuals with two very different styles. Tag teams that don’t get along were to be expected anyway in this tournament. However, Joe and Balor are arguably the two top stars on the show. They are both two intense stars. So it’ll be great to see the tension and anticipation build for the eventual break up of the team.

Whether this’ll lead to Balor and Joe facing each other AT the next TakeOver is still unknown. If that’s the case, then they’d have to get eliminated early on in this tournament. However, NXT might end up feeling that these two would work for the long haul. Remember how well Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle worked well as a tag team during the “SmackDown! Six” storyline. There’s a whole lot of potential here and this could lead into a long-term program between the two which I am all for.

Wrestling Flashback – Hard Times For The American Dream (RIP Dusty Rhodes)

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In honor of one of the true all-time wrestling legends. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes telling us about hard times in this incredible promo.

R.I.P. Dusty Rhodes

Assessing The Impact Of NXT

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NXT has definitely had a huge affect on the WWE with a number of NXT stars over the years becoming stars in the WWE. In my beloved “Robinson Rumble” NoDQ.com column, I look back at the stars of NXT that have become stars and assessing just how big a role NXT has had on the WWE.

Down here below is a sneak peak of the column and the link to the rest of the column is down below enjoy. Also while we’re on the subject of NXT, please read my review of NXT Arrival which the link for is here at THIS LINK! So what are you waiting for?

“NXT’s inception was intended to be WWE’s way of giving us a glimpse into the future of sports entertainment. We saw 8 “rookies” put through their paces in WWE with a chance to shine when the lights were on bright. Those 8 rookies became part of the Nexus group but the success of these stars didn’t stop there. We saw stars ascend to WWE stardom and many of those wrestlers are stars today.”

Read On…

 

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… Feud of the Year

Continuing on the NoDQ.com awards posts! Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I’m a bit behind… FEUD OF THE YEAR!

NOMINATIONS ARE…

 

CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman

The Shield vs. Team Hell No

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

The Rock vs. CM Punk

AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray

Rhodes Family vs. The Authority

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A problem with a lot of these feuds that they were either good but very short or boring and far too long. Punk/Heyman went on for way too long and just began to get boring as Ryback got brought into the fold. Rock vs Punk was an alright feud with some great verbal exchanges between the two, but their matches were awful. Bryan vs Orton was brought down badly by the staleness of their matches and the involvement of the Big Show which quite frankly was uncalled for. AJ vs Bully Ray was ruined by Dixie Carter’s involvement, The Shield and Team Hell-No’s feud was something which was carried on from the year before and although the matches were good, the feud just became all about Daniel Bryan which affected the other members of the feud. The Rhodes Family vs The Authority were really good but it was ended too early and I wish this had continued further.

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The feud which I prefered the most and will give the award to was the Rhodes vs Authority but it doesn’t really seem to be a proper Feud of the Year if you know what I mean. There were no real feuds this year that really stood out and these were all very short feuds except for Punk vs Heyman. WWE and TNA seriously need to improve in this area.

Winner: Rhodes Family vs The Shield