Cody Rhodes was a recent guest on Talk Is Jericho to talk about the Go Big Show and All Elite Wrestling.
During the chat, The American Nightmare was asked to give his thoughts on AEW's first year.
He said: "Somebody asked me, grade it, and of course, as part of the company, you're not gonna give it a bad grade, but I said A, and there's room for an A+ because we know where we need to grow. AEW's first year, if it was its last year, thank gosh it wasn't, it's still been the greatest year of my life. Learned a lot of lessons and learned some hard lessons about the burdens of management. If you weren't popular before, you're definitely not going to be popular as you enter that space."
The former TNT Champion was later asked by Jericho what he thinks AEW can improve on. Le Champion has previously criticised the promotion for having similar angles in back-to-back segments and Cody ultimately agreed with him.
"To me, one of our biggest pros is also our biggest con, no pun intended," Rhodes stated. "We have such freedom. So much freedom, sometimes means that things are too similar on the same show. Well, this guy's asking me to join Team FTW. Well, this group, they're asking if he'll join in this. So that's one of those areas where that freedom is fun and pro, they're not worried about the traditional rules. It's punk rock, but also, you have to be disciplined so that it doesn't desensitize the show.
"Eight times out of ten, we've got the flow right, but on nights that we haven't, it's where our own freedom has been our biggest enemy, but I'd rather that than a sanitized C+ show. To me, the thing we need to work on the most is not taking the freedom for granted and maybe a little bit more communication between the boys themselves. 'Hey, I'm doing this. It doesn't mean you can't, but what else can you do? You're super talented.' I think that would go a long way."
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription