Cody Rhodes Gives AEW An “A” Rating For The Year

AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes gives an “A” rating for its product this year.
AEW Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes

AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes gives an “A” rating for its product this year.

Cody Rhodes was recently a guest on Talk Is Jericho to discuss the death of Brodie Lee and memories of him. Rhodes also talked about his Dog Collar Match with Lee.


The question of what Cody Rhodes thought of AEW”s first year on TV came up and was asked to grade it.

AEW Cody Rhodes

“Somebody asked me ‘grade it’ and of course, as part of the company, I’m not going to give it a bad grade but I said, ‘A’ and there’s room for an ‘A+.’ We know where we need to grow. AEW, if this had been its last year, thank gosh it wasn’t, it’s still been the greatest year of my life. I 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. I still think it’s surreal.  The numbers, that’s why I love the data, and you’re great about the data The Demo God. I love it when (Chris) Harrington shows me this spreadsheet and talks about our international deals, we’re having these calls, I was on the phone with Microsoft the other day, what am I doing? 

But, I know what I want, I know what we’re talking about, that blows me away, I told Tony (Khan), ‘do not give me this job unless you really want me to really do the job, which would probably include pissing you off from time to time,’ which he’s never been pissed at me, at least his version, maybe he has. That’s been the most exciting thing, the brain trust here amongst the talent, the EVPs, the management, the committee that exists that we don’t talk about, the committee of thought, which is the Bucks and Kenny (Omega), you (Jericho) and Tony is, more than ever has in his mind, how he wants the show to be as he is booking it, laying it out, I love it. 

I know it sounds like a tumultuous thing, all those names on paper and those people and Arn (Anderson).  Arn is out there with me by the ring pretty much doing jack shit except holding this play card up, but what Arn does back here, my gosh, I literally want to look at him ‘where have you been?’” Rhodes said H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.

Cody Rhodes Is Maybe A Little Biased

AEW Cody Rhodes

It’s interesting to see that Cody Rhodes has been taking his role so seriously. I didn’t have any doubts he would, but it would be easy to lose himself in the wrestling part and forget about the EVP aspect. It’s also a promising sign that he enjoys the EVP side with raw data and business deals. Once he retires he will do much more of that stuff and it will help if he likes doing it.


Cody Rhodes’ rating his show an “A” is really silly because he is extremely biased as he is the EVP. It would be really hard for him to rate it low or call out segments or people he was unhappy with. I guarantee Vince and Triple H will rate their year of programming an “A” as well. Even though fans will rate it a bit lower.

What would you rate the first year of AEW? What would you rate RAW and SmackDown? What do you think of Cody Rhodes? Would you rate NXT an “A” as well? Drop a comment with your ratings and your thoughts below.


Sources: ProWrestling, POST Wrestling, Talk Is Jericho


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