With much fanfare and adulation, Cody made his Ring of Honor debut at Final Battle 2016 in the Hammerstein Ballroom. In his first match, Cody shocked the world by not only defeating former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal but using low blows and dirty tactics to win.
It was that night that “The American Nightmare” was born.
Cody would soon join Bullet Club and defeat Juice Robinson at Wrestle Kingdom 11. The grandson of a plumber, Cody has not been afraid to throw years of honor and tradition out the window to reach his ultimate goal of capturing the ROH World Championship. Cody has formed an alliance with three-time ROH World Champion Adam Cole and have partnered with the rest of Bullet Club to make the lives of ROH stars like Lethal, Bobby Fish, the Addiction, and Dalton Castle miserable.
Cody’s wrath hasn’t been limited to just ROH stars. Cody has taunted and intimidated ROH referees and announcers and has gone as far as saying that he was responsible for chasing Steve Corino out of Ring of Honor. Displaying unmeasured disrespect, Cody’s arrogance is matched by his won/loss record. Cody is one of Ring of Honor’s top contenders and is a threat to win the ROH World Championship at any time, deploying moves like the American Nightmare, Beautiful Disaster, and Crossrhodes to defeat his opponents.