Mickie James claimed to have no real say in the Piggy James angle and the same probably goes for Hardy. He's Smackdown's resident whipping boy but if you think about it, there's been others. Vickie Guerrero in that pig pen match? Chavo Guerrero and Hornswoggle? Not limited to superstars, they have used Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman look stupid in the past too.
Yet what I have to remind myself now and again that this is just soap opera really - badly written and poorly acted sometimes. If they didn't notify Matt of the nature of the promo Cody was going to cut, then shame on WWE. If they notified Matt that Cody was going going to get on the mic at all, then he should have been prepared to take a few jibes, knowing the kind of character Rhodes is portraying. But from the reaction he's given, it's obviously something he's unhappy with so I think WWE need to be more upfront with their talent in this respect, give them a chance to sign off on it.
I hope it doesn't take something tragic to occur to make WWE sit up and take notice of the potential damage they're doing