Jim Cornette has highlighted the differences between Cody Rhodes and his legendary father as Cornette says Dusty Rhodes was a “genius booker.”
Cody Rhodes returned to action for All Elite Wrestling as he took on Malakai Black at AEW Grand Slam in Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York. The match also saw the return of Brandi Rhodes to AEW television for the first time since giving birth to her and Cody’s first child.
Talking about the match on his Jim Cornette Experience podcast, wrestling legend Jim Cornette gave his thoughts on Cody Rhodes as a whole and the differences he sees between his and his father Dusty Rhodes approach to professional wrestling:
“Here’s the thing, he’s the opposite of his father because his father was a genius booker who could make himself a beloved, underdog babyface, no matter what, but his in-ring work, especially as he aged, wasn’t to the level of the other guys in the territories because he was so over and because he was able to talk and book. He stayed over all the babyfaces.”
“Cody is the exact opposite. He can go in the ring, he doesn’t wrestle like all the others. He’s actually good, he can work, he was the first one in the company and the only one in the company that was having wrestling matches that made sense, that weren’t funny, didn’t have obvious cooperation, didn’t involve all the children. But his booking and overbooking, he was the best babyface when they started and, by the time he’s finished booking himself, the people hate him which was the exact opposite of his father.”
Black won the return encounter with Rhodes, much to the apparent delight of many of the crowd in attendance. With Rhodes now receiving a noticeable amount of jeers for the first time in his AEW career, Cornette gave his thoughts on why that is:
“A lot of the heat comes from, everybody can see Brandi is just being shoehorned into the picture wherever because she has to be on television whether there is any applicable reason for her to be there or not and she’s not a good wrestler. The only good promo she gave in her life was against Jade Cargill and people can tell she’s there because she’s his wife. For a heel it would work, for a face it hasn’t.”