Cody Rhodes defeated Nick Aldis at All In on Saturday night to become the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion.
It almost feels like a lifetime ago now that a fan innocently asked wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer whether he believed Ring Of Honor could sell-out a 10,000 seat arena. When he replied that he didn't think so, former ROH World Champion took great offense and went about proving him wrong. Here we are all these months later and All In has likely already taken place by the time you read this.
It also feels like a lifetime since Rhodes made the first All In match official, an NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship match between himself and title holder, Nick Aldis. Even though The American Nightmare has already been a World Champion, as touched upon above, a win in this one would mean so much more to him. That's because he'd be winning a championship that his father Dusty Rhodes helped make famous.
It was evident how much just being in the match meant to Rhodes as he made his way to the ring at All In on Saturday night, but that feeling will not have compared to how he felt when the match ended. The American Nightmare didn't just compete for the title his father helped make famous, he now holds it following his All In victory over Aldis. Those tears when referee Earl Hebner handed him the championship were unquestionably real.
The win and the title by no means came easy and it was a match packed with drama, emotion, and big moments. For starters, DDP accompanied Rhodes to the ring. His wife Brandi was also at ringside and she wound up taking an elbow drop from the now former champion Aldis in a successful attempt to protect her husband. It wasn't long after that moment that a bloodied Rhodes covered the Brit and took his title.
The overall success of All In will be the biggest win for Rhodes this weekend, but winning the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship will hold an important place in his heart. It may even be the biggest moment of his in-ring career to date. What's next for Rhodes, though? And for the NWA Championship? Aldis has done a terrific job of bringing the belt back into the spotlight, now it's up to Cody Rhodes to take it to another level.