Dustin Rhodes had a legendary run as Goldust in WWE before leaving to seek out his place in AEW. He left WWE for many reasons though and one of them was a thought of retirement.

While speaking to Sportskeeda, Dustin Rhodes explained that he thought he was going to retire. Then AEW provided an opportunity for him which he took and now his career as another direction.

“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, 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.”


If WWE didn’t let Dustin Rhodes out of his contract then things might be very different in AEW. Rhodes provides coaching abilities backstage as well as performing in the ring. We might not have witnessed the Rhodes Brothers’ battle at Double Or Nothing. They also wouldn’t have his world of experience backstage.

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