Settling on a gimmick is arguably one of the most difficult starting points of a professional wrestler's career. Even the greatest names in the history of the business went through a few stinkers to get to the ones that made them great.
Before he was 'Stone Cold', Steve Austin was a blander than bland Ted DiBiase protege called The Ringmaster. The Rock had to go through an initial run as Rocky Maivia. Triple H was a aristocrat called Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The list goes on and on and on.
More often than not, superstars will settle on a gimmick that works and run with it, making only minor tweaks throughout their career.
All of which makes Cody Rhodes even more special. Ever since making his debut on WWE television in July of 2007, Cody has taken on many different faces and many different roles, all of which manage to fit the story arc of his character. It truly is an impressive feat, and testament to the talent of Dusty's son.
By my reckoning, there have been seven distinct stages of Cody's WWE run to date, and whilst none of them have been particularly horrible it is obvious that some were more interesting than others.
Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.