20Lost: Cody Rhodes
Cody went on to team with The Young Bucks in promoting All In, an independent event of unparalleled scope—selling out a major arena and drawing a substantial PPV audience.
WWE didn’t want to release Cody Rhodes. After he saw his career plateau in the Stardust role, though, and was denied in his pitch to play the Cody Rhodes character simultaneously, across brands, he sought to better his fortunes elsewhere. Rhodes not only became one of the hottest acts on
the independent circuit, but broke out in a featured role with The Bullet Club for Ring of Honor and New Japan.
Cody and company probably aren’t and won’t become meaningful competition to WWE, but WWE surely regrets letting things get this far, and would rather have Rhodes working for them, or at least not working against them.