For the first time in the history of WWE Wrestler of the Week, the winners are not even technically employed by the WWE. Of course, we can argue that it is all kayfabe, but on screen, Cody Rhodes was fired and his brother Goldust does not work for WWE. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes does work for NXT, but that could change at Battleground. Regardless, this week’s winners are the three members of the Rhodes Family.
[adinserter block=”1″]WWE fans only saw Cody and Goldust briefly on Smackdown this week when a video was shown with the two men accepting Triple H’s invitation to appear on Raw. That Monday, Triple H offered The Rhodes brothers a way to get their jobs in WWE back. They must defeat WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. If they lose, they will never be able to work for WWE again. Plus, their father Dusty will be fired from his NXT/Performance Center job. The tag titles will not be on the line, but careers will be.
The feud between the McMahons and the Rhodes began a long time ago. However, more recently, Cody was forced into a match with Randy Orton. If he lost, he would be fired. He did end up losing the match and his job. This seemed to be just a way to get Rhodes off TV as he was about to get married and go on his honeymoon. WWE has done a tremendous job of building this into something much bigger.
Goldust returned to WWE to face Orton as a way to get his brother his job back. However, Goldust also was unable to defeat the so called face of WWE. Now it’s double or nothing at Battleground. Well, triple or nothing if you count Dusty Rhodes.
With the tag titles not being on the line, it would seem as though the Rhodes brothers will most likely win. Despite WWE rarely ever sticking to their fired and never allowed to work for WWE again, I still think Cody and Goldy will win. Perhaps after this match, the Rhodes brothers could earn a tag team title opportunity. The Shield really doesn’t need the championships to be dominant in WWE, but it would certainly benefit Goldust and Cody.
Cody has achieved a great deal of success in WWE as a top midcard superstar and a tag team wrestler. He has held tag team gold with multiple superstars including Ted Dibiase Jr. and Drew McIntyre. WWE may just seem his as a tag team wrestler. What better partner could he have than his brother?
Speaking of Goldust, despite everyone knowing that he is Cody’s brother, I am really enjoying him continue to dress as the golden one. He even wore the paint with a suit. Goldust has been wrestling on the independent scene recently. Although I am not usually a fan of old stars coming back for an extended run, it would be very logical to see Goldust return to team with his brother.
Here is to the Rhodes Family for giving the Shield better competition and a more interesting storyline than the rest of the midcard and tag team divisions. Thus, Cody, Goldy and Dusty earn the honors of WWE Wrestlers of the Week.
[adinserter block=”2″]Who do you think deserves WWE Wrestler of the Week this week? What is the face of the Rhodes Family as they battle the Shield at Battleground? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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