Dustin Rhodes Reveals When His AEW Contract Expires
Dustin Rhodes recently announced he is set to retire in 2023
After almost 35 years in the business, Dustin Rhodes recently announced his plans to retire from in-ring competition in 2023, bringing the curtain down on a literally golden career.
Rhodes has wrestled sporadically in 2022, and mainly spends his time as a coach and trainer in AEW. After announcing his plans to step away from competing, Rhodes revealed on Busted Open Radio that his AEW contract is scheduled to finish up in July 2023, with ‘The Natural’ saying the following:
"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. I know I'm doing really well right now and having some of the best work of my entire career these last four years, even though they are few and far between, Tony has done a good job treating me like an attraction, and I appreciate that and it does help my body, but on the flip side, it's hard when you're not working five days a week like the WWE schedule. Your body gets calloused and used to it, now I work once every two, three, four months, and if you go 100 miles an hour then you pay the price. It takes me a week and a half to two weeks to recover from one match. 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," said Rhodes.
Rhodes is a multi-time champion across NWA, WCW and WWE, and also wrestled for TNA in addition to his run in AEW.