Dustin Rhodes Reveals Details Of WWE Departure

The former Goldust faces Cody at AEW Double Or Nothing...

Dustin Rhodes will be taking on his brother Cody at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 25.

The man who portrayed the Goldust character in WWE over a two-decade period recently spoke to “Sports Guys Talking Wrestling” and revealed details of his release from the company (credit to @DominicDeAngelo of WrestleZone for the following transcription).

Dustin had surgery on his knees before going to WWE HQ in Stamford, Connecticut for a one-on-one meeting with Vince McMahon to explain his concerns: "I went and did the surgery and I planned on having this meeting as soon as the surgery was over and we planned on it and then I get to New York and Vince can’t see me so Hunter sees me. And I go into Paul’s office you know and I’m nervous as hell because this is a big, big thing for me to actually swallow for months and try to accept that my time has run out and that’s very hard for me to still accept.

"I walked in there and it basically took every ounce of courage I had to say, 'you know Hunter, I’ve done this and I’ve done that and there’s really nothing left that I can do. I’ve produced, I’ve been a producer for you backstage, I’ve been in all the meetings, I’ve put over people, I’ve done what I can and I think it’s time to close the chapter. My body’s tired and basically, Hunter, I want my release.'

"And we talked about it for a few minutes, and you know, we finally came to an agreement that that would be good, and we talked about it and I left, you know, and we hugged. I cried a little bit and we hugged and on my way back to the airport Hunter called me and Vince had just got to the office and Hunter went and conveyed his message to Vince and Vince said 'okay, well I hate to see him go. Just give him his release and his 90 days and we’ll pay him for the 90 days.'

"And up through my actual surgery taken care of too, plus the 90 days so I was getting paid and I got my release and there was some…battles I don’t want to really go into to get that final release which was just recently, April 19 was my day that I was actually free."

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