Remember the name....Stardust

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Remember the name....Stardust

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Sorting through some old photos, I came across my pics from WrestleMania 32 weekend. During Fan Axxess, they were doing photo ops within the Elimination Chamber, and would rotate in various talent throughout the session. When I happened to get on line, the talent was Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Cody Rhodes, who was not only in full gimmick, but stayed 100% in-character the entire time. He would scoff at or no-sell any fans who referred to him as "Cody", and would randomly giggle and dance for no reason.

His storyline that Mania was that he was involved in a multi-man ladder match for the Intercontinental title, and in the weeks leading up to the show, he would run out to ringside and "steal" the physical IC belt during the champion's matches and run off with it. A few people ahead of me in line, a young child has one of those plastic replica IC belts, with the velcro straps. Stardust kneels down and says "Wow, that's a really nice belt - can I see it?" The kid hands it to him, he does a big Riddler laugh, and runs across the room, and out a side door! Without missing a beat, Cesaro says "I don't think he's coming back, dude."

I finally get up to the group and get my op. I obviously didn't know this at the time, but Cody would ask for his release a month later, partly because he had long wanted to end the Stardust gimmick, so I got one of the few opportunities, if not THE only, to get a fully-suited, in gimmick Stardust photo op! Great memory, especially with Cody becoming so much bigger of a name in recent years.

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Yea have to give Cody credit. Most would have taken a guaranteed 500K per year from WWE rather than go out and venture and see what happens. He did the latter and now has a 7 figured yearly salary!

Did you see if the child ever get his belt back?
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What a whacked out gimmick! I recall at the time being quite disturbed that WWE would force it on the guy but no surprise with Vince.
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