WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has weighed in on the negative crowd reaction Cody Rhodes received at AEW Grand Slam, saying he thinks Rhodes should turn heel.
Cody Rhodes had his first match in several weeks at the show when he fought in a rematch against Malakai Black, who put him out of action at the beginning of August. The audience at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City gave the returning Rhodes a heavily negative reaction while cheering every move Black made as well as his eventual victory over the ‘American Nightmare’.
Speaking on his ‘Hall of Fame‘ podcast, Booker T said that, while he isn’t sure, he thinks Cody’s actions on AEW TV have been “pretty lacking” in terms of what fans want.
“I’m not sure exactly what the reaction meant or anything like that. But I do know this. In this business, you got good heat. You got bad heat. You got go away heat. I don’t know which one was that. I don’t know if the fans — I don’t know if Cody Rhodes did anything on television to become a heel. I know everything that Cody’s been doing on television as far as AEW has been pretty lacking as far as what the fans would want. I think! I could be wrong. I haven’t been watching every show or anything like that. But there again, it could be the best reaction in the world if he’s going to be that heel that people are going to love to hate. There again, I don’t know if that’s what it was. I don’t know if it was go-away heat like, now you’re Hollywood. You’re like the pot calling the kettle black. One of those type of deals. I don’t know. We’ll see in the end as far as how this thing plays out.”
The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion went on to say turning heel could be the best thing to happen to the former TNT Champion.
“Hey bro, it might be the best thing that could happen to him. Sometimes you slip on a banana peel, and it could be the best banana you ever had in your life. I’m serious man. So, you just go with it sometimes. We’ll see how this thing plays out.”
For his part, Cody Rhodes has said in a recent Q&A that he would retire before he became a heel.
H/T to ewrestlingnews for the above transcription.