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.
Runnels left WWE after requesting his release in May 2016.
After an amateur wrestling career that resulted in becoming a two-time Georgia state champion, he followed his father and older brother's footsteps into the professional ranks and joined WWE.
After becoming a Triple Crown Champion in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), WWE's developmental territory at the time, he was elevated to the main roster, where he became a two-time Intercontinental Champion.
He also makes appearances for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), with whom ROH has a working relationship.
Runnels, the son of the late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and the half-brother of WWE wrestler Goldust, previously worked in WWE under the ring names Cody Rhodes and later Stardust.
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.
At the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on October 2, Rhodes debuted a new design for the Intercontinental Championship, which included a white strap and plates identical to the title's classic 1980s design, before successfully defending it against John Morrison.
Rhodes then feuded with Smack Down commentator Booker T, attacking him from behind on several occasions, and successfully retaining the Intercontinental Championship against him at Tables, Ladders & Chairs and on the January 6, 2012 Smack Down.
On April 26, at Backlash, Rhodes, Di Biase, and Orton defeated Triple H, Batista, and Shane Mc Mahon in a six-man tag team match, which, per the pre-match stipulation, resulted in Orton winning the WWE Championship.