After 10 years with the promotion, Cody Rhodes has asked for his release from WWE. On his personal twitter account, Rhodes sent two tweets promising further details, and thanking fans for their support throughout his tenure.

The youngest second generation Rhodes, has been a fixture in WWE’s mid-card for much of that period, highlighted by a 2011 run with the Intercontinental Championship, where he re-introduced the classic white strap belt. He once was a member of the Randy Orton led faction Legacy, and tag team partner of the recently released Damien Sandow.

In more recent times, Rhodes formed a successful tag team with his older brother Goldust, highlighted by their emotional victories over The Shield at Battleground 2013, and a Monday Night Raw episode where they dethroned Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. After several months, Rhodes morphed into Stardust, which signaled the beginning of the end.

The Stardust gimmick, while initially promising, never had much room for growth, and he was regulated to mostly preliminary contests. Cody Rhodes had long been a fan favorite, and regularly praised by no less than Bret Hart as one of the best workers going today. At 30, Cody may take time off, or seek other options within wrestling. He’s young enough to come back when it’s a better creative environment for him. We’ll keep you updated as more news breaks regarding his departure.

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