Dustin Rhodes was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated, where he spoke on a variety of pro wrestling topics. Chief among them was the upcoming match between him and his bother Cody at AEW’s Double or Nothing.
The event is the official debut for All Elite Wrestling, the company co-founded by Cody and The Young Bucks. Dustin talked about what the match with his brother means to him.
“Since I’ve been clean and sober, I fell in love with the wrestling business all over again,” said Rhodes, who just celebrated his eleventh year sober. “These past two months have been very inspirational to me, and this Double or Nothing match feels like a WrestleMania moment for me. I’m working my tail off in the gym, I’ve dropped weight, and I’m going to show Cody some things that Goldust has never done.
Cody and I are going to step in the ring and end this for once and all. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done in the business—greater than the Roddy Piper match from WrestleMania 12, greater than Battleground from 2013 with Cody against The Shield. This, to me, is the pinnacle, and I’m not going to let anyone down.”
Dustin also commented on recently finishing up with WWE, including his relationship with Triple H.
“When you’re underneath the umbrella of WWE, your hands are tied because you’re on the road for the live events,” said Rhodes. “But thankfully, Paul [Levesque] let me step away, and he took care of me on the way out. I’ll never have anything bad to say.”
Dustin spoke about his only real feud with Cody in WWE, which took place 2015. That feud ultimately fell flat and unfortunately, did not culminate at WrestleMania. But Dustin does indeed have high hopes for this match, as well what will happen afterward.
“I want to give back to the business, and AEW is the future. I can’t wait to go out there and perform with my brother, slap him a few times to let him know who big brother is, then shake his hand and give him a hug afterward. It’s a huge moment, I’m grateful for it, and it’s going to be a lot of fun at Double or Nothing.”
Double or Nothing happens on Saturday, May 25 and also features the main event of Chris Jericho versus Kenny Omega. AEW’s TV deal with TNT was recently announced and the new company is expected to premiere in the fall of 2019.
Their match at “Double or Nothing” is the WrestleMania-type moment Cody and Dustin Rhodes never got https://t.co/MpeYRfZ4sf
— SI Wrestling (@SI_wrestling) May 22, 2019