Dustin Rhodes has attained veteran status in professional wrestling, having wrestled for several decades now. With age, comes wisdom, and Rhodes is certainly not lacking in that department. For a while now, Dustin Rhodes made it clear he will be retiring from professional wrestling soon. While many fans believe him, it seems Booker T isn’t one of them.

Rhodes made his pro wrestling debut on September 13th, 1988, for the Tampa-based Championship Wrestling From Florida promotion. He eventually went to WWE and came to be known as Goldust, breaking barriers and pushing the envelope in many ways.

On December 3rd, Dustin Rhodes made the announcement that 2023 would be his final year as an active in-ring competitor. This is because Rhodes wants to retire while he can still walk.

While speaking during his The Hall of Fame podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T talked about Dustin Rhodes retiring after next year. Booker T made it clear that he doubts Dustin Rhodes will actually retire.


“He’s never going to retire. We’re never going to retire. It’s what we do, man. Goldy is going to be back in the middle of that ring somewhere, but on his own time. When he wants to do it, and I understand that, too, especially at this stage of the game.

He should hang em up, you know? Goldy’s been doing this [for] a long time. He’s been around since the late ’80s.”

We will have to wait and see whether The Natural will end up retiring after next year or not. If Dustin Rhodes does retire, he will leave behind a legacy that he can look back on and be proud of. It remains to be seen what his final match will be in the end.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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