I know that alot of people don't like Rodimus because he isn't as great as Optimus, but what was Optimus like when he first commanded, or got the matrix. Kup said Optimus was just like Rodimus, acted the same way. Also Optimus was a few million years old. Anyway I think hot rod had alot more military strategy knowledge at a young age more then Orion Pax did because there was no war when Optimus was Orion Pax. So if Rodimus had a few million years under his belt he would be amazing.