Dustin Rhodes discusses his role in AEW, why he left WWE, and becoming an actor (Exclusive)

Gary Cassidy
Dustin Rhodes with brother Cody
Dustin Rhodes with brother Cody

A side note, the match with you and Cody, the match of the two decades, for me, I've been watching wrestling most of my life, almost three decades, and I don't think I've seen a match with such perfect storytelling. It was amaizng.

You did mention that you're doing a lot of coaching now. I need to ask, who do you think is the next big thing in wrestling?

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...

Oh, man, 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.


He is a popular choice. I asked Diamond Dallas Page the same question and got the exact same answer so he's definitely doing something right. You mentioned how exciting it is to be a part of AEW. For me as a fan, it's amazing that there's more wrestling and choice. What do you think of the so-called Wednesday Night Wars?

You know, I don't look at it as, "Okay, we need to focus on NXT." I look at it as we need to put out the best weekly television series that we possibly can every single week and we've been doing that. We have been doing that, our fan base is there and they are growing.

We are an alternative to the WWE programming. We are something very, very special that the fans have commanded and wanted for a long time and we are giving it to them - so me, personally, I'm not looking at NXT saying, "Oh, my God, they done this this week, we need to do this," and go back and forth. I don't like that, I'm not focused on that, I'm focused on my kids, our kids here at AEW because they are the future right now to me and our company.

We have to grow it and built it, and make it very, very successful in the next coming years.

NEXT: Dustin's dream role?

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