AEW veteran star Dustin Rhodes recently revealed that his contract is set to expire in July next year. It was previously reported that the 34-year veteran announced that 2023 will be his final year as an active wrestler.
Dustin Rhodes talks about retiremenet
Rhodes made his return to the squared circle on Wednesday’s December 7 edition of AEW Dynamite when he competed in the Dynamite Diamond battle royale. Dustin hadn’t wrestled since August when he lost to Claudio Castagnoli in a ROH World Title match.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio, Rhodes discussed the decision to call it a career and clarified that his AEW deal expires in July 2023. He stated:
‘I remember seeing Ray Candy years ago when I broke into the business, and he wasn’t in the best shape, he was using a walker, and I was just getting into the business and I was green and excited and hungry and passionate, and I still am, but I made a promise to myself that I was going to get out while I can still walk.’
The former Goldust continued on to note that the decision to make the announcement wasn’t really planned, saying:
‘I didn’t really think I was going to say anything about this, it just happened at Blizzard Brawl, and I thought, ’˜I don’t think anybody is going to pick up on it,’ but they did and it caught fire. I just have to own it. I truly don’t want to go out in the business and do anything that tarnishes my career. I don’t want to slip up and fall. I have this in the back of my head every time I go out, ’˜what if I do something stupid?’ Then they’re going to start chanting ’˜please retire’ and I don’t want it to get to that.’
Dustin concluded that he wanted to make a decision to end things on his own terms, saying:
‘I’m starting to see those things. My knees are pretty rough. My shoulders are pretty rough. I made the decision, the end of July, my contract is up and I’m going to be done in-ring, or at least tone way down. I don’t know if that’s going to be it because when we say we’re retiring, we always comeback and you never say never, but that’s what I’m looking for, an end date for my in-ring wrestling career.’