All In – A Rhodes Legacy

Written by:

Scott Kolich

The time is 1985. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes has just pinned the Nature Boy Ric Flair to capture his third NWA World Heavyweight Title in Jim Crockett Promotions. The feud was built to a tense personal issue and culminated in a match at Starrcade, the promotion’s biggest show of the year. The match was regarded as an absolute classic and a career defining moment for The American Dream. Included in this build is arguably one of the best and most influential promos in professional wrestling history. Ask any true wrestling fan of the importance and brilliance in the hard times promo. Dusty would begin to carry himself and Jim Crockett Promotions forward exchanging the belt with Ric a few times. 

Fast forward to 2016. Cody Rhodes asks for and is granted his release from WWE. Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins has just bought the National Wrestling Alliance after years of being on the back burner. Billy strives to achieve the levels of success of days gone by where the NWA was the forefront of the professional wrestling scene. Magnus aka Nick Aldis wins the NWA title in late October as Cody starts blazing his own trail in the world of independent wrestling. Cody accomplishes a rare feat,  participating in Wrestlemania, Slammiversary (impact) Ring Of Honor Supercard of Honor, and New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom inside of one year. Magnus would go on and defend his title multiple times throughout 2017 and 2018. Cody would go on to win the Ring Of Honor World Heavyweight Title. 

January 2018, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter states that he does not believe any company not named WWE could sell out a 10,000 seat venue in the United States. Cody and his friends in the Bullet Club take exception to such a criticism of indy wrestling.  Cody teams up with the Young Bucks, one of the most popular and polarizing tag teams on the planet in 2018 and Kenny Omega, arguably the best wrestler in the world. The men put up their own money out of pocket to set up a 10,000 seat rebuttal to Big Dave. September 1, 2018, in a great wrestling city, Chicago, Illinois, at the Sears Center was the date selected. The Bullet Club brethren called their show All In. Tickets went on sale and within an hour tickets were completely sold out.  The show is set to be the highest profile indy event in history and it is obvious no expense was spared to secure appropriate talent. 

Cody Rhodes laid down a challenge shortly after losing the ROH title, calling out Nick Aldis, the current NWA champion for a singles match and title opportunity. Aldis accepts and on a night already going down in history, Cody Rhodes will face him for a chance at even more history furthering the Rhodes legacy. Cody is seeking to be the 2nd Rhodes to win this formerly illustrious title and restore prestige of a bygone era. 

Cody has been dead set on carving his own path but following his father’s footsteps. An example of this is the nickname he is now known by, “The American Nightmare” a direct tribute to his late father.  The grandson of a plumber, Cody would make history in winning this single’s match by him and his late father being the first father and son to ever win the title. 

From the booking standpoint, putting the belt on Cody makes sense. On a night with Kenny Omega facing Pentagon, and featuring such names as Okada, Rey Mysterio Jr, Joey Janela and Kota Ibushi, Nobody has a more riveting story headed into the event as Cody.  He is a big name in the wrestling world and his lineage will add and restore much prestige to the title. Cody does matches on big name promotions and the belt would no doubt be prominently featured on such shows with him as champion. The time is now. Pull the trigger Billy Corgan. Make even more history on the most historic night since Wrestlemania 1.