Cody Rhodes Net Worth: Profile, Age, Wife, Accomplishments, Theme Song, How Rich is he in 2024?

Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes: Net worth, Profile, Age, Wife, Accomplishments, Theme Song, How Rich is he in 2024?

Cody Rhodes Net Worth: Profile, Age, Wife, Accomplishments, Theme Song, How Rich is he in 2024?

Seye Omidiora 19:13 - 07.07.2024

Everything you need to know about Cody Rhodes, the undesirable to undeniable American Nightmare who took the scenic route to become Undisputed WWE Champion.

Cody Rhodes background

Cody Rhodes is an American professional wrestler, signed to the WWE at the time of writing in July 2024, performing on the SmackDown brand. 

He is the current Undisputed WWE Champion, winning the title at WrestleMania 40 after pinning Roman Reigns to "finish the story”.

Cody Rhodes Profile

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Cody Rhodes after winning the Undisputed WWE Championship at WrestleMania 40 (Credit: WWE)

Full name: Cody Garrett Runnels

Date of birth: June 30, 1985

Age: 39 years old (as of July 2024) 

Place of birth: Marietta, Georgia, USA

Nationality: American 

Ethnicity: Mixed (American-Cuban) 

Height: 6 feet 2 inches (188 centimetres)

Weight: 222 pounds (100 kilograms)

Relationship status: Married 

Parents: Virgil Riley Runnels Jr (Dusty Rhodes) and Michelle Rubio

Sibling: Dustin Patrick Runnels a.k.a. Dustin Rhodes (half-brother)

Wife: Brandi Alexis Runnels (Brandi Rhodes)

Education: Lassiter High School, Marietta, Georgia

Occupation: Professional wrestler 

Active years: 2006 - present 

Net worth: $10 million (estimate via CA Knowledge)

Instagram: @americannightmarecody

X: @CodyRhodes

Cody Rhodes Profile

Following in his father’s path — Dustin Rhodes, born Virgil Riley Runnels Jr — Cody Rhodes yearned for a career in professional wrestling from a young age. 

He started in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 2006, forming a successful tag team with his half-brother Dustin, known as "The Rhodes Brothers”, before leaving to join the WWE's developmental territory in 2007 and their main roster the following year. 

Rhodes allied with Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase Jr., with the Legacy stable notching success along the way, underscored by Rhodes and DiBiase twice winning the World Tag Team Championship.

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Cody Rhodes (left), Randy Orton (centre) and Ted DiBiase Jr. (right) made up The Legacy (Credit: WWE)

After the Legacy disbanded, and despite two reigns as Intercontinental Champion, Rhodes felt stifled and the unfavourable environment led to his WWE departure in 2016.

His departure brought about a move into the independent circuits, wrestling for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), Ring of Honor (ROH), and Impact Wrestling. 

Rhodes embraced a more flamboyant persona after joining the Bullet Club in NJPW, donning a mask and referring to himself as "The American Nightmare” — his late father, Dusty Rhodes was typically called "The American Dream”.

An ambitious Rhodes then left and became a founding member of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after officially signing with the promotion as a competitor in January 2019 as well as serving as one of AEW's co-executive vice presidents.

After a successful spell with the promotion, Rhodes returned to the WWE as a top star, aiming to "finish the story" by claiming the Undisputed WWE Championship title that eluded his father, Dusty Rhodes.

After failing against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39, Rhodes ended the Head of the Table’s 1316-day reign on the second night of WrestleMania 40 on April 7, 2024. 

Cody Rhodes Championships and Accomplishments

Amateur Wrestling

  • Georgia State Tournament

Professional Wrestling

All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

  • AEW TNT Championship (inaugural, 3-time champion)

 Alpha-1 Wrestling

  • A1 Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ethan Page

Bullet Proof Wrestling

  • BPW Championship (1 time)

 National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

  • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

 New Japan Pro-Wrestling

  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

 Northeast Wrestling

  • NEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Ohio Valley Wrestling

  • OVW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

  • OVW Television Championship (1 time)

  • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Shawn Spears

  • Fourth OVW Triple Crown Champion

 Ring of Honor

  • ROH World Championship (1 time)

  • ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Young Bucks

 What Culture Pro Wrestling

  • WCPW Internet Championship (1 time)


  • WWE Universal Championship (1 time, current)

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)

  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jey Uso

  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Drew McIntyre (1), Goldust (2) and Jey Uso (1)

  • World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Hardcore Holly (1) and Ted DiBiase (2)

  • Men's Royal Rumble (2023, 2024)

Why did Cody Rhodes leave the WWE? 

Cody Rhodes left the WWE in 2016 because he felt restricted by the promotion's creative team who repeatedly rejected numerous pitched storylines as well as discontent with the "Stardust” gimmick assigned to him, feeling it was a derivative version of his brother's "Goldust” persona. 

Seeking growth, he chose to leave the WWE.

Why did Cody Rhodes leave AEW? 

The details of Cody Rhodes' departure from AEW in February are unknown. Some sources have cited personal reasons while others have claimed a breakdown in contract negotiations or creative disagreements. 

Many believe returning to the WWE was always the American Nightmare's plan, even if that has never been confirmed or denied.

How Cody Rhodes beat Roman Reigns (Cody Rhodes vs Roman Reigns) 

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Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns before their WrestleMania 40 match (Credit: WWE)

After an unsuccessful shot at ending Reigns’ extended spell as the WWE Undisputed Champion at The Grandest Stage of Them All in 2023, Rhodes’ ambition to claim the belt remained. 

Despite a seeming change of direction despite the American Nightmare winning the Royal Rumble for the second year running in 2024, the Rock’s return pointed to the Brahma Bull battling Reigns at WrestleMania 40. 

However, a revolt led to the company effectively caving into demands to give Rhodes another shot at the title.

After a wildly exciting Main Event that witnessed interference on both sides, the Undertaker’s intervention proved decisive, as the returning Deadman hit the Rock with a chokeslam, allowing Rhodes to pin Reigns for the win. 

Cody Rhodes father

Cody Rhodes' father was known professionally as Dusty Rhodes, although his real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. 

He was known as "The American Dream” for much of his career, which saw him claim the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Heavyweight Championship three times, notch the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship and hold multiple titles in the WCW, including the World Tag Team Championship and WCW World Television Championship. 

He was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame in 1995, WWE in 2007 and NWA HOF in 2011. He passed away on June 11, 2015, after battling kidney disease. 

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Cody Rhodes (left) with his father, Dusty Rhodes (centre) and half-brother Dustin Rhodes a.k.a Goldust (Credit: Imago)

Cody Rhodes mother

Cody Rhodes' mother is Michelle Rubio. She is of Cuban descent and is typically seen ringside or pictured backstage. 

Rubio was involved in the storyline leading up to WrestleMania 40's Main Event and was seen in the celebrations that followed her son defeating Reigns to "finish the story”. 

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Cody Rhodes with his mother Michelle Rubio after his WrestleMania 40 success (Credit: Imago)

Cody Rhodes brother

Cody Rhodes' half-brother is Dustin Rhodes (real name Dustin Patrick Runnels), known for his flamboyant Goldust persona. 

Born April 11, 1969, to future WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and Sandra Runnels, the 55-year-old is a three-time WWE Intercontinental Champion. Dustin and Cody teamed up in the WWE for a period, with Dustin as Goldust and Cody as Stardust and the pair twice claimed the WWE Tag Team Championship.

He is presently signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he goes by Dustin Rhodes in the ring. 

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Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes teamed up in All Elite Wrestling (Credit: Fightful)

Who is Cody Rhodes' wife? (Cody Rhodes wife)

Cody Rhodes is married to Brandi Rhodes, whose real name is Brandi Alexis Reed. They met in 2011 while both working for WWE and they tied the knot in September 2013. The couple have one child together.

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Cody Rhodes with his wife Brandi after winning the Undisputed WWE Championship at WrestleMania 40 (Credit: thebrandirhodes/Instagram)

Cody Rhodes daughter

Cody and Brandi Rhodes’s daughter — Liberty Iris Runnels — was born on June 18, 2021. Liberty's pictures are typically posted by Brandi on Instagram.

Cody Rhodes Theme Song

While Cody Rhodes has used two major theme songs in his career, Smoke and Mirrors in his initial spell with the WWE and Kingdom since departing the promotion in 2016, the latter has become increasingly impressive, with a feeling that it aligns with his current American Nightmare persona, thus creating a connection with the fans whenever it plays.

Cody Rhodes Social Media

As of July 2024, Cody Rhodes has a follower count of 2 million on Instagram and 1.4 million on X (formerly Twitter).