Dustin Rhodes on AEW's Alliance with CMLL & NJPW



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Dustin Rhodes on AEW's Alliance with CMLL & NJPW
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In the twilight of his illustrious career, Dustin Rhodes contemplated retirement in 2019 before All Elite Wrestling (AEW) offered him a new lease on his professional life. At AEW, Rhodes has not only had the opportunity to lock horns with the burgeoning talent within the organization but also to engage with some of the foremost international talents that have traversed through the collaborative gateway known as the "Forbidden Door," connecting AEW with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), and other allied promotions.

Rhodes expressed his admiration for the CMLL wrestlers during an interview with "Sports Guys Talking Wrestling," highlighting their exceptional skills honed in the Mexican wrestling circuits. "These guys are special; they've honed their craft to perfection down in Mexico," Rhodes remarked, keen on observing the interplay between AEW's roster and the luminaries from Mexico's premier wrestling promotion.

He praised the supportive and dynamic environment at AEW, stating, "I'm thrilled to be part of this. Everyone is excelling in their roles."

Rhodes' Global Grapples

Reflecting on his global wrestling experiences, Rhodes recounted his ventures in Mexico and South America with WWE and his stints in Japan, particularly with All Japan Pro Wrestling in the early '90s.

He holds a special fondness for Japan, lauding the country's culture of respect and hospitality. "Visiting Japan is always a highlight for me," he shared, noting the unique challenge of adapting to the Japanese audience's subdued yet attentive engagement during matches.

Rhodes also touched upon the diverse American wrestling crowds, especially emphasizing Texas's vibrant wrestling scene. According to Rhodes, the energy and passion of the Texan fans are unparalleled, contributing significantly to the electrifying atmosphere of the matches.

"The energy in Texas is infectious. They're fully invested, and it fuels our performance, elevating the entire experience," he explained. As AEW continues to explore international collaborations, Rhodes's experiences and insights underscore the enriching impact of cross-promotional exchanges on the world of professional wrestling, fostering a vibrant and interconnected global wrestling community.

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