Cody Rhodes and Goldust

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Cody Rhodes and Goldust
A Caucasian male adult wearing various wrestling gears walking in the side of a wrestling ring, while inside is his male adult partner with gold and black face paint and attire.
Goldust (left), Cody Rhodes (right) as a tag team.
Tag team
Members Cody Rhodes/Stardust
Goldust
Name(s) The Brotherhood[1]
The Rhodes Brothers[2]
Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Stardust and Goldust[3]
Heights Cody: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[4]
Goldust: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[5]
Combined
weight
452 lb (205 kg)[4][5]
Debut 6 October 2013
Promotions WWE

Cody Rhodes and Goldust (also known as The Brotherhood,[1] The Rhodes Brothers[2] or Goldust and Stardust[3]) is a professional wrestling tag team that competes in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) promotion. Cody and Goldust are half-brothers in real life and were once managed by their father, WWE Hall of Famer "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.

The tag team was formed when Cody was fired[A] from the WWE after losing to Randy Orton in a match prompted by Cody's questioning of the company's chief operating officer Triple H's authority. The following week, Goldust fought Orton in an attempt to have Cody rehired, but was also fired after he lost. Dusty attempted to convince the Authority to rehire his sons. Eventually, Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon decided that the half-brothers would face the two members of the Shield: Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins, at Battleground, but stipulated that if Cody and Goldust lost, they would never work in the WWE again and Dusty would lose his job as a trainer at the Performance Center. This match marked the debut of Cody and Goldust as a tag team. Their victory over Reigns and Rollins led to an immediate return of their jobs. But after almost eight months, they were disbanded at Payback due to the number of times Cody and Goldust lost. Cody suddenly returned to revive the tag team in June 2014 on Raw under his new gimmick as "Stardust".

They were one-time WWE Tag Team Champions in October 2013 after they captured the title in a no disqualification match against the Shield (Reigns and Rollins) with help from the Big Show on Raw. In January 2014, their reign ended when they were defeated by the New Age Outlaws at the Royal Rumble Kickoff.

History[edit]

Early years and confrontations[edit]

In 1995, Dustin Runnels (better known by his ring name Goldust), the son of WWE Hall of Famer Virgil Runnels (better known as Dusty Rhodes) was re-signed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), as it was then known.[B] The character of "The Bizarre One" (the character's nickname), is somewhat spooky and mysterious, with sexually suggestive mannerisms. Vince McMahon, the promotion's chairman, described it as "androgynous".[5][8] In his period of time with the WWF, Goldust went on to become a three-time Intercontinental Champion,[9] a nine-time Hardcore Champion,[10] and a one-time World Tag Team Champion with Booker T.[5][11] However, his contract expired in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as it is now known, and he refused to renew it in December 2003.[12] In 2008, Runnels returned to WWE as Goldust at Cyber Sunday.[13] After a four-year stint in WWE, he was released in 2012.[14]

His half-brother Cody Runnels (known by his ring name Cody Rhodes) is also fathered by Dusty Rhodes.[15] Cody began wrestling in WWE's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in June 2006.[15] On 2 July 2007, Cody made his television debut in a backstage segment with his father Dusty and Randy Orton, where Orton introduced himself to Cody and disrespectfully slapped Dusty.[16] On 9 July, Rhodes slapped Orton in return and, the following week, Cody faced Orton in his debut WWE match, but lost.[17] In the following years, he would become a two-time Intercontinental Champion[9] and a four-time Tag Team Champion (three World Tag Team Championships and one WWE Tag Team Championship) with Ted DiBiase Jr. as part of the Legacy group, Hardcore Holly and Drew McIntyre.[4][15]

In January 2009, Goldust participated in the annual Royal Rumble match and stared down Cody who ultimately eliminated him.[18][19] Goldust married[C] WWE Diva Aksana on 2 November 2010 on NXT, with Dusty and Cody in attendance.[21] In 2013, Goldust was a surprise entrant for the Royal Rumble match on January 26 and was once again eliminated by his half-brother.[22] Although he hinted at a possible feud with Cody, he later confirmed in an interview that his return was a one night only deal.[23]

Formation and Tag Team Champions (2013)[edit]

Renee, it's no secret that I have been the screw-up of the family ... I've got second, third, fourth chances here, I've mess them all up. Cody getting fired is ridiculous, all because of Triple H ... embarrassing my family's name, the Rhodes' name, that's not cool! So tonight, Cody has a second chance, he gets it 'cause I mean business.

Renee Young interviewing Goldust backstage on Raw.[24]

On 2 September 2013 on Raw, Cody Rhodes was fired[A] from the WWE after failing to defeat the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, a non-title match into which Rhodes was forced after he questioned the company's chief operating officer Triple H's authoritarian rule.[25] Goldust returned the following week and similarly lost to Orton in a non-title match, thus failing to get his half-brother rehired.[26] Eventually, their father Dusty Rhodes returned to Raw in an attempt to convince Stephanie McMahon to give his sons their jobs back. Instead, McMahon propositioned that Dusty could choose either one of his sons to receive a job, but not both. Dusty refused and Big Show knocked out Dusty as per McMahon's orders.[27] In return, the Rhodes Brothers ambushed Triple H's henchmen the Shield on Raw.[28][29] The next week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon (later known as the Authority)[30] offered the brothers their jobs back if they could defeat the Shield's Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (the WWE Tag Team Champions) at Battleground. If they lost, they would never work in WWE again and Dusty would lose his job as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center. All three members of the Rhodes family were then attacked by the Shield.[31] On October 6 at Battleground, the Rhodes Brothers made their debut match as a tag team with Dusty backing them up at ringside. The final member of the Shield, Dean Ambrose, attempted to interfere, and was taken out by Dusty. Soon after, Cody pinned Rollins in the non-title match to earn the brothers' jobs back. Various WWE wrestlers and agents came out to celebrate with the Rhodes family, including Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, and Dave Finlay.[32][33]

On October 11 on SmackDown, the Rhodes Brothers marked the first ever main-roster loss of the Wyatt Family.[34] The Rhodes Brothers heaped more misery on the Shield as they captured the WWE Tag Team Championship for the first time by winning a no disqualification match on October 14 on Raw (with the help of the Big Show) over Reigns and Rollins. This was Goldust's first championship in WWE in nearly 11 years.[35][36]

On the following Raw, the Shield faced the Usos in a number one contender's match, in which the winner has the right to face the tag team champions for the title. The Rhodes Brothers were commentating and eventually interfered in the match, causing a no contest.[37] As a result, the Rhodes Brothers faced both the Shield and the Usos in a triple threat tag team match for the tag titles at Hell in a Cell and successfully retained it.[38] The night after the pay-per-view event, the brothers experienced their first loss as champions to the Real Americans in a non-title match.[39]

In a continuation of their feud against the Authority, on November 11 on Raw, the half-brothers defeated Randy Orton in a handicap match.[40] It was announced the following week that at Survivor Series, the Rhodes Brothers would team up with the Usos and Rey Mysterio against the Shield and the Real Americans in the traditional Survivor Series elimination match, but they were beaten with Reigns the only survivor of the fight.[41] On November 22 on SmackDown, the half-brothers defeated the Real Americans to retain their tag title.[42][43] The Rhodes Brothers were scheduled to face the team of Ryback and Curtis Axel, the team of Rey Mysterio and Big Show, and the Real Americans at Tables, Ladders & Chairs, as they had recently been defeated by each of these teams. Once again, they successfully defended their title.[44]

Various feuds and Stardust (2014–present)[edit]

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A Caucasian male adult wearing various wrestling attires.
Goldust (left) and Cody Rhodes (right) in April 2014.

On the 3 January 2014 on SmackDown, the Rhodes Brothers defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, members of the Wyatt Family to retain the title and marked their first win of the year.[45] They once again defended the gold on the special Old School Raw episode when they won against the Real Americans.[46] However on the 17 January episode of SmackDown, the half-brothers were defeated in a non-title match by the New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) after a distraction from the General Manager of SmackDown Vickie Guerrero.[47] As a result, the Outlaws were named the number one contenders of the title. At the Royal Rumble pre-show, on 26 January the Outlaws defeated the Brotherhood to end their championship reign.[48] Later that day on the Royal Rumble main show, the Rhodes Brothers participated in the Rumble match; Goldust eliminated Cody, but was then quickly eliminated.[49] The following day on Raw, their rematch for the tag team belts was inconclusive when the Brotherhood were attacked by Brock Lesnar.[50] Thus, the Brotherhood received another rematch but in a steel cage; they ended up losing to the Outlaws.[51] In the following weeks, the Brotherhood feuded with different tag teams and stables. On 10 February on Raw, they teamed with Rey Mysterio and challenged the Wyatt Family, but The Rhodes Brothers yielded.[52] On Friday, with the Usos on their team, they won against Ryback, Curtis Axel, and the Outlaws.[53] This led to a victorious tag team match between the Brotherhood and RybAxel (with Larry Hennig) at the Elimination Chamber Kickoff.[54] At WrestleMania XXX, the half-brothers participated in the 31-man battle royal for the André the Giant Memorial Trophy, and were both eliminated by Alberto Del Rio.[55]

The Brotherhood then returned for tag team action with consecutive losses to RybAxel and the Usos; after the latter loss on April 21, dissension was teased between the brothers when Cody shoved Goldust and left by himself.[56][57][58] After that, more tension was built up when Cody began frequently losing singles matches while Goldust frequently won; Goldust notably scored wins over Alberto Del Rio and Curtis Axel, two opponents which Cody lost to.[59][60][61] When Cody managed a win over Damien Sandow in May, it was only because he resorted to cheating.[62] The team disbanded at Payback on June 1 when they lost to Rybaxel, with Cody telling Goldust to look for a new partner, after he felt he was the weak link in the team.[63] Cody then attempted to find a new tag team partner for Goldust, such as Sin Cara or R-Truth, but the new teams still lost their tag matches.[64][65] On the 16 June edition of Raw, Cody announced that he had found the perfect tag partner for Goldust as this turned out to be himself, who appeared under the ring name Stardust while wearing a jumpsuit and face paint similar to Goldust. The two quickly defeated RybAxel on that night, recently they beat Kofi Kingston and Big E[3][66] and also at the Money in the Bank.[67]

In wrestling[edit]

Two Caucasian males in a wrestling ring. A black-haired male wearing white wrestling tights and a black and white jacket is standing, with an inverted headlock on the other who is bent over backwards.
Rhodes setting up the Cross Rhodes on Tyson Kidd.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The action was scripted. In real life, Cody took the time off to get married to his fiancée, former WWE Diva, Brandi Reed.[6][7]
  2. ^ Dustin Runnels (before the Goldust character) made his debut in the World Wrestling Federation with his ring name Dustin Rhodes in 1990.[8]
  3. ^ The action was scripted.[20]
  4. ^ The quote was "One stipulation: I'm in my boys' corner and I'll be your huckleberry all night long."[70]

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