Not unlike his battles with Orton, Cody would be defeated in multiple singles matches. However, Cody’s competitive nature resonated with Holly, which led to them becoming a tag team.
Holly and Cody would remain a tag team throughout most of 2008, but it was at Night of Champions in June that the former would make a statement.
Cody and DiBiase aligned themselves with Randy Orton, establishing the Legacy’s multi-generational stable.
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes, which was reminiscent of such vain, self-absorbed talents of wrestling’s past as “The Model” Rick Martel, was obsessed with his outward appearance
The following year marked another character change for Cody. In January of 2011, in a match with Rey Mysterio, Cody would have his nose broken by the luchador’s knee brace.