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Old 11-05-2013, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Booking Rhodes v Rhodes

You can't tell me Goldust vs Cody Rhodes isn't one of the most wanted matches of all current superstars.
Here's how I would book it:

Enter the Rumble;
Goldust and Cody defend their tag team championships in a fatal four way tag match, opening the show, also including The Uso's, The Primetime Players and The Shield. Neither Goldust or Cody win or get pinned/submit. Titles change hands.

Cody enters at a low number and lasts for over forty minutes - Goldust enters around the middle.
The two brothers continue showing incredible teamwork and technical prowess as they enter the Rumble both as a team and together; however eventually, both are eliminated at the same time by rivals, The Real Americans, who both entered the rumble at numbers 27, and 28.
The eventual winner of the Rumble (Punk? Bryan?) immediately chooses to go for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.

The following weeks, there are tournaments for the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match at the upcoming EC PPV; both Cody and Goldust win their respective matches and are put into the EC match. Rivals Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger both enter the EC also. (I'd book Swagger, Cesaro, Goldust, Cody, Cena and Sandow at this rate)


Elimination Chamber comes by, and throughout the match, Sandow, Swagger and Cesaro group up to take Cena out of the match - Cesaro hitting the Neutralizer last, and Swagger picking up the pin. Cesaro takes exception and also hits Swagger with the Neutralizer immediately after it, eliminating and betraying his teammate.
Goldust is the fifth entrant into the match, and he manages to get some momentum in the match, however unable to eliminate either competitor.

Cody enters and he and his brother once again work together to eliminate Cesaro as Sandow is beginning to get up from the assault from Goldust a minute prior. Sandow is able to hit his finisher (whatever it is by EC lol) on Goldust. As Sandow hits his finisher, Cody notices, breaks up the pin and goes for the Cross Rhodes - Sandow reverses, but Cody still manages to get into position for the Cross Rhodes. Cody eliminates Sandow; groggily getting up. Goldust quickly rolls up Cody and uses the ropes for leverage and eliminates his brother, ultimately winning the match and the title.


The reaction of both boos and cheers are resounding; Cody stands in shock from what he considers betrayal. Goldust is handed the World Championship his father had held, and he had been wrestling for over a quarter-century to achieve. A tainted victory for Goldust, but he thinks his brother Cody would understand. As Goldust turns to Cody, Cody looks directly at his brother with a look of disdain. Unbelieving of how he was defeated by his own brother. However, Goldust tries tries to celebrate the victory with Cody, still thinking he would understand. Cody says something to Goldust with a single tear in his eye - the crowd and people at home cannot hear what he says - Cody walks off.


The following weeks, Cody is able to defeat Sandow in a lengthy contendership tournament match. The same week, Swagger defeats Cesaro. The following week, Cody vs Swagger for the #1 contendership to the WHC happens. The match is nearing the end and Swagger locks in a Patriot Lock. Cody fades from the pain he feels, and as the referee drops his hand to the mat for the third time, Cody comes back, reverses the lock into pushing Swagger into the corner; and hits two Beautiful Disaster kicks a hobbling Cross Rhodes for the win.

The last RAW before WrestleMania 30, Cena who is already booked in a match but feeling cocky, tells Cody that he can still cash in his World Heavyweight Championship rematch clause - and he plans to do it at WrestleMania 30 against Goldust - even though he is already booked in another match.

Cody swaps words with Cena, telling him that this means way too much to him. He asks Cena (without begging) to put the 'rematch clause' on the line tonight - the last RAW before WM30. Cena reluctantly agrees as he wants to win a championship at WM30 - but believes if Cody can beat him, then Cody deserves the title shot.

This main event of RAW goes for a lengthy almost-thirty minutes of incredible resilience by both parties; Cody has kicked out of three Attitude Adjustments, and almost passed out to an STF; and Cena has kicked out of three Beautiful Disaster kicks and two Cross Rhodes. Eventually, Cena attempts another Attitude Adjustment in the middle of the ring, but Cody lands on his feet. Cena, unknowingly turns around into a Beautiful Disaster kick, which Cody follows up with a Cross Rhodes and finally manages a 3 count pin against Cena, and is now solidified as the #1 contender to Goldust's WHC at WM30.


During these weeks of Cody showing immense resilience, dedication, heart and bravery, Goldust shows desperation in keeping his championship and winning against opponents by any means - cheating to win, however clearly being reluctant to do so, and regretting it each time he does.


WrestleMania 30 comes around, and the World Heavyweight Championship match between the two is up; the match, like Cena v Cody is very lengthy, and emotional. Goldust manages to get the upper hand at the end of the match, catching Cody off a missed Beautiful Disaster kick. Goldust mumbles "I'm sorry...", as his almost entirely-uncovered face shows immense sadness. Goldust lifts Cody up for the Final Cut. Cody manages to land, and reverse it into the Final Cut himself - and picks up the win, finally defeating his brother, and winning the championship both Goldust and his father Dusty had held.

Cue emotional rejoicing, crying and a few minutes of celebration between the two, as Dusty comes down the ramp to celebrate with both of his sons. The segment ends with the three holding the world title up together.


"I can't read more than two paragraphs of text (TL;DR & Summary)" Version:
  • Cody and Goldust lose tag titles at Royal Rumble without being pinned
  • They enter the Rumble itself and both (especially Cody) have great showings
  • Both Cody and Goldust gain entry to the WHC Elimination Chamber match
  • Cody is the last entrant and eliminates Sandow to be mano-a-mano against his brother
  • However Goldust hits a sneaky roll-up with leverage to win the world title
  • Goldust believes his brother would understand, but Cody feels cheated
  • Week by week Cody shows incredible resilience and technicality trying to win the #1 Contendership
  • At the same time, Goldust shows relentless desperation, cheating to win his matches, though he is reluctant to do, and regrets doing it
  • The two brothers take each other on in 'a' main event of WrestleMania 30
  • Cody ultimately wins by reversing Goldust's reluctant Final Cut into his own Final Cut, as Goldust takes too long telling Cody he is sorry
  • Cody celebrates his win, Goldust eventually gets up, and offers his hand to Cody, who instead hugs him as Dusty comes to the ring to join the celebration
  • CONFETTI EVERYWHERE
  • All three of the Rhodes family hold the WHC up together to close their segment.



I know a lot of people would do this differently because they would want the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship to be unified, especially at WM30 - but I think this match, especially for the WHC can easily be one of the most amazing moments of modern wrestling, and what better place to do it than the 30th WrestleMania?
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't have Goldust win EC. Goldust should change to Dustin Rhodes and turn heel eliminating Cody at RR leading to a feud up until WM.
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Actually read all of it. That's pretty fucking awesome. One could only dream.

However, the one thing I would change is have Cody win at 'Mania via Cross Rhodes, and not via Final Cut.

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However, the one thing I would change is have Cody win at 'Mania via Cross Rhodes, and not via Fianl Cut.
I was contemplating him reversing the Curtain Call into a Cross Rhodes by doing a backflip over Goldust (you can probably imagine it) but I think adding the Final Cut is better.

It's a great front finisher and can be used more "suddenly" than Cross Rhodes, so Cody actually incorporating it into his move-set thereafter would be great; but more importantly it's a tribute to his brother (Cody uses the Alabama Slam as a signature, why not Final Cut? ).

Not to mention, him using the Final Cut would be more surprising than him using the Cross Rhodes for the victory.
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Actually read all of it. That's pretty fucking awesome. One could only dream.

However, the one thing I would change is have Cody win at 'Mania via Cross Rhodes, and not via Fianl Cut.
Agreed!

He should have his own reversed Final Cut with the same hold/from behind as Cross Rhodes
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I was contemplating him reversing the Curtain Call into a Cross Rhodes by doing a backflip over Goldust (you can probably imagine it) but I think adding the Final Cut is better.

It's a great front finisher and can be used more "suddenly" than Cross Rhodes, so Cody actually incorporating it into his move-set thereafter would be great; but more importantly it's a tribute to his brother (Cody uses the Alabama Slam as a signature, why not Final Cut? ).
He should do a reversed final cut. Like a Cross Rhodes, but he lift them up. But i don't really see why he should do it from nowhere. It's a great, great pop when he capture his opponent in the Cross Rhodes so why ruin that?
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I was contemplating him reversing the Curtain Call into a Cross Rhodes by doing a backflip over Goldust (you can probably imagine it) but I think adding the Final Cut is better.

It's a great front finisher and can be used more "suddenly" than Cross Rhodes, so Cody actually incorporating it into his move-set thereafter would be great; but more importantly it's a tribute to his brother (Cody uses the Alabama Slam as a signature, why not Final Cut? ).

Not to mention, him using the Final Cut would be more surprising than him using the Cross Rhodes for the victory.
But would you have Cody adapt the Final Cut as his finisher afterwards, or just as a signature move?

I could see where you're going with that, it could add a surprise factor to the end, for a large pop, and a big "stolen finisher" moment, especially since it's his brother's finisher. And he could win with it, then incorporate it into his moveset as a signature move.

I just thought him finally winning the World Title with his finisher just seems somewhat more "natural", if you will.
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Agreed!

He should have his own reversed Final Cut with the same hold/from behind as Cross Rhodes
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He should do a reversed final cut. Like a Cross Rhodes, but he lift them up. But i don't really see why he should do it from nowhere. It's a great, great pop when he capture his opponent in the Cross Rhodes so why ruin that?
It's just a lifting Cross Rhodes then.

The reason Final Cut should be added, apart from it being a tribute, is because it's a front finisher.

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But would you have Cody adapt the Final Cut as his finisher afterwards, or just as a signature move?

I could see where you're going with that, it could add a surprise factor to the end, for a large pop, and a big "stolen finisher" moment, especially since it's his brother's finisher. And he could win with it, then incorporate it into his moveset as a signature move.

I just thought him finally winning the World Title with his finisher just seems somewhat more "natural", if you will.
The way I wrote the OP was trying to push the Beautiful Disaster kick as a proper finisher, so the Final Cut would probably be a signature that is sometimes a finisher, but definitely a finish for this match.

I get where you're coming from. I think a nod to the legacy of his family when he wins the WHC would do wonders for Cody though.

But anyway, if you think about how long Goldust has wrestled, and his age, you'd probably expect him to retire from full-time wrestling in a few years. By then, Cody would adopt one of Goldust's finishers or signatures (other than the throat thrust), and I think Final Cut is a good choice and this 'fantasy booking' would be a good time to incorporate it.
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I would mark for this.
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