Cody Rhodes is certainly one of the most beloved stars in WWE right now. Cody’s stock continues to increase with every passing week, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Rhodes is confident in his own skills but it appears Rhodes also believes too much creative control was detrimental to him.

Following his WWE exit back in 2016, Cody Rhodes worked in the independent circuit all over the world and honed his craft in various companies. This was especially the case in ROH and AEW, where he got a lot of creative freedom.

While speaking with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to record an episode of The Dale Jr. Download podcast, Cody Rhodes talked about his time in ROH and AEW. Rhodes used the example of having two kinds of bears for himself back in ROH as a way how too much creative control was detrimental to him.

“Whether right, wrong or indifferent, I was doing it my way. There are a lot of incidents in that run that are not right. ‘This is what we’re doing here folks, this is it.’ I tell people all the time, if you want to to look at what letting someone…Sometimes I get in my own way when it comes to my own creative. There is a prime example; when I was in Ring of Honor, they just let me do whatever. ‘WWE guy, people are coming to see him, they were smaller crowds, big autograph line.’ One of the things I did was, I had two mascots, they were people in bear suits. It didn’t make a lick of sense and they’d be at the signing, standing with me, one was a business bear, one was a drug free bear.


It was all this non-sensical, it stemmed off a YouTube series [Being The Elite], it had roots, but if I look at the photos and you see me with these two bears, that’s what creative freedom gone too far looks like. I loved it, but very much, even my time at AEW as the Executive Vice President, also in my way a little bit. Someone else make a decision for me here because at that point, I made all these decisions and was doing it my way. You need guidance and you need those people who have been there and done it. I had some big home runs and some big misses.”

The American Nightmare also believes he should not have let certain AEW wrestlers beat him. Regardless, Cody Rhodes has a lot of things to focus on in WWE right now and that’s all he could care about.

What’s your view on what Cody Rhodes said? Do you think having too much creative control can negatively affect a wrestler? Let us know in the comments!

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