In September, he attacked Christian along with Drew Mc Intyre after a match, and the duo also attacked Matt Hardy, forming an alliance.At Night of Champions in September, Rhodes and Mc Intyre captured the WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tag Team Turmoil match, also including The Hart Dynasty, The Usos, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, and Evan Bourne and Mark Henry.On subsequent episodes of Smack Down following Wrestlemania XXVII, Rhodes, with the help of assistants, would hand out paper bags to the audience during his promos.Rhodes demanded the audience to put on the paper bags on their heads to cover their ugliness and imperfections, because they offended him.The title rematch took place on January 27 at the Royal Rumble, where Team Rhodes Scholars once again failed to capture the tag team titles.Later that night, Rhodes participated in the Rumble match and lasted for twenty seven minutes (the fourth longest of the match), eliminating four men including his half-brother Goldust, before being eliminated by the eventual winner John Cena.During his time with WWE, Rhodes became a two-time Intercontinental Champion and was a prolific tag team wrestler, winning six tag team championships (three World Tag Team Championships and three WWE Tag Team Championships) with four separate tag team partners.Rhodes left WWE after requesting his release in May 2016.
Rhodes returned from injury on the December 10 Raw, sporting a mustache, where he and Sandow defeated Primo & Epico, The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil), and The Usos in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to earn the right to face Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a number one contender Tables match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
He also makes appearances for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), with whom ROH has a working relationship.
Rhodes is the son of the late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and the half-brother of WWE wrestler Goldust.
On the June 29 Smack Down, Rhodes and David Otunga were defeated by Christian and United States Champion Santino Marella in a Money in the Bank qualification match for the World Heavyweight Championship, due to Otunga being pinned.
In August, Cody Rhodes restarted a feud with Sin Cara where he was obsessed with unmasking Sin Cara, whom he claimed was ugly.