Growing up in a well-to-do Atlanta suburb, Cody Rhodes never thought of his dad Dusty Rhodes as being a flamboyantly famous professional wrestler, known to millions as "The American Dream."
To the teenager, his semi-retired dad was simply a part-time coach for his school's football team.
"I'd see old VHS tapes and hear people talk about my dad but that's about it," Rhodes remembered. "My dad didn't want to expose us to wrestling because he wanted it to be our decision."
It was when he worked as a referee at one of his dad's wrestling camps that Rhodes saw his dad's athletic prowess in action.
"I was 15 years old at the time and that experience really opened my eyes," Rhodes explained. "It was at that time that I decided I wanted to become a professional wrestler."
Rhodes will be one of the WWE Superstars competing at the WWE SmackDown World Tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tyson Events Center.
The Main Event will feature Sheamus taking on Alberto Del Rio, while CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Kane will be battling one another in a "triple threat match."
Joining the WWE in 2006, Rhodes is a villain -- a "heel" in professional wrestler parlance.
Formerly known as "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, he's claimed to be the best-looking wrestler in the world.
"That was my gimmick and I played it to the hilt," the 27-year-old said, laughing at the memory. "You can still find plenty of my 'grooming hints' all over the Internet and that's always embarrassing."
Though being a menacing metrosexual is no longer a part of his characterization, Rhodes stills loves being a bad guy.
"It's a kick being booed every time you enter a ring," he said. "As long as audiences aren't sitting on their hands, I know I'm doing my job."
That's the key to being a WWE wrestler, according to Rhodes.
"Professional wrestling is sports entertainment," he added. "The WWE does it better than anyone else."
Rhodes said audiences should expect the unexpected at Saturday's show.
"The stories that people see on 'Smackdown' (televised at 7 p.m. Friday on SyFy) will carry over to Saturday's matches," he said. "Nobody will be disappointed."
Still, Rhodes has had his share of run-ins with die-hard fans.
"People have thrown beer bottles into the ring in the past," he recalled. "An old lady hit me in the back of the head once. Guess it comes with the territory when you do this for a living."
For Rhodes, pro wrestling really is a family business. In addition to dad Dusty Rhodes, his half-brother Dustin Rhodes (aka "Golddust") and several of his uncles have spent time in the square ring.
Constantly on the road with the WWE, Rhodes said he's not in any hurry to start a family of his own.
"When I'm not wrestling, I prefer to spend quality time with my dogs (an overweight Chihuahua named Monterey Jack and a Pomeranian with a Mohawk named Colby Jack)," he said. "My dogs don't know I'm a WWE Superstar and that keeps me grounded."