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Dustin Rhodes Discusses Leaving WWE For AEW, The Next Big Star in Wrestling


Dustin Rhodes recently spoke with Gary Cassidy of on his show Dropkick DiSKussion. He spoke about his recent movie, making the jump from WWE to AEW, and who he views as the next big thing in wrestling.

Comparing acting to wrestling: They’re the same but they’re different. One is a physical train wreck every single week. You know what I mean? We put our bodies through an extreme amount of pain, our bodies are just whipped around like crazy. There’s the physical aspect of it and then, on the acting side, you usually have a stunt double that will do that stuff for you and I’m so used to being like, “Oh, I’ll do that.” They’re like, “No, no, Dustin, we got somebody to do that for you,” and I’m like, “S**t, I know how to do that.” They’re like, “No, you’re fine, you’re fine.” And they have these people do that for me and it is easy. There are a lot of similarities, but it’s different at the same time too because of the physical aspect.

Deciding to leave WWE for AEW: With the WWE, I’d had enough. It was time for me to go. It had been such a long storied career with the Goldust character and, do you know, I really thought that I was going to retire. And then I got pulled in and my passion got reignited when I wrestled my brother. And we had the match of the last decade, probably, if not the last two decades. It was such a story – a great match. The schedule is a lot different, so it takes some getting used to. We were on the road so much up there that you don’t have any time at home with your family and here – with AEW – I love it, man. The scheduling is great. I leave Tuesday to go to the production meeting, Wednesday’s TV, come home Thursday and whatever else I want to do, I’m free to do which I did not have that freedom to do anything that I wanted to do outside of wrestling up there. They made it very, very difficult and that’s one of the reasons why I left. And now here in AEW, I look forward to going to work every single week because I coach the girls, me and Brandi, and Kia (Awesome Kong) and Kenny Omega.

Who he thinks is going to be the next big star: I like a lot of people. I like just about everybody. We have such a good group of kids. But I mean, if you’re looking around in our locker room in All Elite you’ve got a new up-and-comer, who not a lot of people know and they are starting to get to know now is MJF. He is really something special on the mic, and we haven’t seen too much of his ring ability yet but he’s good. He’s really good. I like his style. Unfortunately he stabbed my brother in the back so I take that kind of personal when you’re messing with family, but as far as him being something special and big in this business, I think he’s going to be.

You can view the trailer for Dustin Rhodes new movie, Copper Bill, here:


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