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The CrossRhodes: The Cody Rhodes List Begins

Oh how time flies in the Twitterverse, especially when it comes to wrestling news. One day is like a week, a week a month, a month a year. And years before Eva Marie, Alberto Del Rio and Paige seemingly had a wellness policy violation party, before Vader finally met up with Will Ospreay, and Finn Balor debuted on Raw, long time internet darling Cody Rhodes was released by the WWE. All the way back in May of 2016, Rhodes was granted his release from the WWE, following what was eventually revealed as a frustrating few years with the only company he’d wrestled for the past ten years. And within a week, he unveiled “The List”.

As the years went by, the List grew, and dates were announced. But like any other of the Future Endeavored, he had a no compete clause. He could not start wrestling until August 19, 2016. Until then, he would just make his List and check it twice, and depending on who had been naughty or nice, he would face them all.

Well, the time is upon us. The wait is over. This weekend, Cody Rhodes officially begins his solo tour of the indies, with two shows for Evolve for the tapings for Evolve 66 and Evolve 67. On the first night, Rhodes will face WWE Cruiserweight Classic competitor and indie sensation Zack Sabre Jr. for Evolve 66 and then on Saturday for Evolve 67, he faces indie legend Chris Hero. With the angle of Drew Galloway and EC3 proclaiming that Rhodes would be joining their faction of indie domination, the question arises of his match with Hero (who is also a part of the faction). Rhodes is already a part of one of the indie circuit’s best angles.

The following weekend isn’t too shabby either, when he wrestles a pair of matches for New England Wrestling, against TNA (and ROH) star “The Miracle” Michael Bennett on Friday August 26 and then former WWE running mate Kurt Angle on the Saturday.

If you’d forgotten about Cody’s list, don’t be too hard on yourself. Twitter moves so fast, that it’s easy to get distracted. But start getting your feelers out. He’s about to rev the engines and he’s got a hunger for something to prove. He’s wrestling some of the world’s best talent right now outside of the WWE Universe, and while they may not all be classics, the percentage of them being one is far higher than average.

It’s time the world saw the real potential of Cody Rhodes as a sports-entertainer…wait, wrestler and it’s only fitting he start in a promotion called Evolve.

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