Ahead of his AEW World Championship match with ‘Le Champion’ Chris Jericho this Saturday night at Full Gear, Cody Rhodes appeared on Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg.
Among the topics discussed was WWE’s production rules that include things like Superstars scouting opponents backstage by watching monitors at seemingly uncomfortable angles, just so we can see their facial expressions and what’s happening inside the ring.
While Cody admits The Elite’s jibes are not mean spirited, he does believe those prduction rules are nonsense: “The way Kevin Dunn shoots WWE, not so much the booking of it, it’s set the ball up for us. We wanted to be an alternative. When you’re counter programmed on your night, you are competing. You’re no longer just an alternative. But what we’re doing is completely different. The only thing you’ll recognize is the ring. Everything else we’re doing is different wrestling.
“That’s why it’s fun to poke fun at it, not in a mean spirited way. All of these rules that have been in place for 20 years, they’re not wrestling rules. They’re WWE rules. ‘It’s a contract signing, there has to be a fight.’ ‘The person can’t just look at the monitor, they have to stand to the side because that’s how Kevin likes to shoot it. It’s nonsense. It worked for them until it stopped working for them. We’re happy to do wrestling the way we want to do it.”
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.