Dustin Rhodes Hints at Ring Return Beyond 2023



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Dustin Rhodes Hints at Ring Return Beyond 2023

Veteran wrestler Dustin Rhodes has been gradually reducing his in-ring appearances over the past few years, seemingly approaching the end of his storied career. Despite announcing in December that 2023 would mark his final year as an in-ring performer, his recent track record includes just seven matches in 2022, compared to 17 in 2021 and 25 in 2020.

However, in an interview with "The Wrestling Perspective Podcast," Rhodes revealed that his 35th anniversary as a pro wrestler might not necessarily signal his retirement. Reflecting on his lengthy career, Rhodes acknowledged the physical toll wrestling takes on the body.

"When you are 35 years in the business, and you're working pretty steadily on a television basis for so long, your body takes a toll, and I've had a lot of surgeries," he explained. "My knees are getting bad, and it may be me saying, 'Maybe enough's enough.'

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Rhodes Ponders Post-2023 Plans

However, the 53-year-old wrestler also admitted that he remains uncertain about his future. "Could I sign another contract at the end of this term here with Tony [Khan] and go on with fewer matches, some special, special things that come along down the pike? Yes.

Could I do it for 365 days anymore? No, I couldn't. But we don't do that anymore, so it's changed dramatically over the years." Rhodes reminisced about the grueling schedule in the WWF's olden days, highlighting how today's wrestlers have more time off.

"It was a crazy schedule back then, and there's a lot more time home now. I still love the business, so it hasn't left me yet, so I can't say, 'Hey man, this might be it.' " In 2023, Dustin Rhodes has maintained an impressive 3-0 winning streak, defeating Swerve Strickland on the February 17 episode of "AEW Rampage" and securing victories in his tag team matches with Keith Lee in March.

These recent successes indicate that Rhodes still has a few surprises left for fans before stepping away from the squared circle.

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