Planet wrote: wac wrote:
mprentice84 wrote:Rhodes wasn't a top guy by any means, but that doesn't mean he was worthless.
Exactly! There's an entire rest of the card and hours and hours of weekly television outside of the main event picture. The company can still put effort into "good hands" who are never going to main event Wrestlemania. Guys like Rhodes and Sandow were never going to be a star or a top worker, but that doesn't need to be an excuse to never do anything with them.
Pretty indicative of a problem when Cody's post-retirement brother is consistently on Raw in a long term comedy angle and Cody's fighting to do anything but placeholder matches on Superstars. Weird in retrospect though that they just used one of their "big PPV celebrity angles" on him and the guy from Arrow at Summerslam. But Barrett was right there too, so I guess that meant about as much as it seemed like it meant
Except Goldust is consistently entertaining, or at least amusing, in whatever role he asked to play. The only time Cody has been particularly interesting was, coincidentally, when teaming with said brother.
Cody could have had a long term role in the low to mid card, had he been willing to accept such a role. Those roles are important, and someone has to be a soldier rather than the general. That's why a guys like Heath Slater, Santino, Truth, and countless others have been so important over the years - an amusing and generally enjoyable lower card utility player.
That being said, once someone has been around for a decade, gone through numerous personality changes and essentially shown their limits, unless they are content with assuming their most suited role, it is best to cut bait.
The history of wrestling is rife with people hitting their peak, then slide down the card to varying degrees before moving on. Cycle of wrestling life. Someone like Cody getting 10 years is impressive, and not the historical norm.
With that in mind, and given the current depth of the roster, any number of long term talent would make sense to cut. Even supposed lifers may come to mutual agreements, you never know. There is quite a few unfamiliar faces out there ready and able to step up, as the AJ Styles experiment has shown, and there is a lot of talent in NXT, depending on how they plan to split such the roster.