Dustin Rhodes is a true professional in the world of pro wrestling. The 53-year-old has been active in the industry for nearly 35 years. He intends to hang up his boots in 2023.

Last month, the AEW star revealed that 2023 will be his final year as an active in-ring performer. Rhodes also noted that he doesn’t want to end up like Ric Flair in his retirement match.

Tony Khan commented on Dustin Rhodes’ contribution to AEW as well as his intent to retire from the business during a recent appearance on Sports Guys Talking Wrestling podcast. The AEW head honcho said he believes The Natural could perform at a high level for years to come.

Dustin Rhodes is one of the best pro wrestlers in my lifetime. I’ve been looking up to Dustin Rhodes since I first started watching pro wrestling, he’s one of the first wrestlers I ever saw and throughout his career, he’s maintained a really high standard of excellence, physical fitness right now is at a premium. I think Dustin, right now, these last ten years is in much better shape than he was in the decade prior to that which is unusual and his staying power, his longevity is also really unusual. To have somebody doing some of their best wrestling at this advanced age, it’s unusual. I think Dustin could continue on for many, many years and wrestle at a very high standard for a long time to come. I respect the hell out of Dustin Rhodes. I can tell you [show host] also respect the hell out of him. He’s just a tremendous, tremendous wrestler and I think he’s somebody that really, really, for AEW, since the very beginning has been very important on-screen and off-screen.

Rhodes wants to leave pro wrestling while he can “still walk.” The veteran has undoubtedly achieved wonders during his illustrious career. Keep reading Ringside News for more.

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