Dustin Rhodes has been around wrestling for a long time. Debuting in 1988, you can imagine what it takes to remain passionate about the business for so long.
Now, Dustin has revealed he lost his passion for wrestling while he was in WWE. In a recent interview with the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Dustin talked about leaving WWE and joining AEW to have his match with Cody.
Here is the quote, courtesy of Wrestling Inc.:
“When you’re sitting at home for a couple of months with another company who doesn’t value you at all, and you’re sitting there knowing you have so much more to offer. You kind of lose your passion, and for the first time in my 31 years, I lost my passion for the wrestling business. I love wrestling. Came out of my mother’s womb wanting to be a wrestler, and we were raised that way. Dad wanted something different for me. He did not want me to go through the hardships that he went through, and I understand it looking back at it now, but I’m sitting there just knowing I have so much more to give.
They just will not give me the time of day, and I had enough. I said enough was enough, and for the first time, I kind of stood up for myself in a big way and said, ‘I am quitting, I am asking you for my release, I am done. I’m not happy here anymore,’ and you know how they do, they kind of make you wait for it. It was getting close to Double or Nothing, and Cody called me. He said, ‘would you like to work a match with me?’ At first, I thought ‘we have tried this for years and years and years.’…
In my opinion, it was perfection,” Dustin said. “I know Cody says it probably wasn’t his greatest match ever, and I understand that, but for me this was the tops. It topped everything that I’d ever done in the business. It was a special night, It was emotional.”
Cody and Dustin competed at AEW’s first show, Double or Nothing, in May 2019. The match was extremely emotional and garnered a five-star rating from Dave Meltzer.
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