Dustin Rhodes Wants AEW's Women To Get At Least Two Matches On Dynamite Or Rampage
AEW’s handling of it’s women’s division has been criticised since day one
Despite still throwing down in the ring on a regular basis, Dustin Rhodes is one of the key players developing and coaching AEW’s expanding women’s roster, and he wants the division to get more screen time.
Speaking to Renee Paquette and Angela Hill on Throwing Down, ‘The Natural’ spoke of his role with AEW’s women and said why they need more opportunities to perform on TV:
“It is a big part, they have been denied, and they are getting these opportunities now, that's important. I want to get them to where they have two matches on Dynamite or Rampage. It's not fair, but we're getting there and making leaps and bounds. The female talent coming in are very athletic and in some cases they are just as good, if not better, than some of the guys, and that's awesome. I love that. That's the challenge for me that I really like to take on. Not just for the ladies, but I specifically like working with the ladies because they are coachable and understanding and want and are passionate about what we're doing here and who we are growing to be. It's really cool to see them light up and succeed in a way that the guys already do."
Rhodes’ sentiments echo that of many AEW fans, with AEW’s inconsistent booking of the women’s division a constant point of criticism. Dustin couldn’t contain his pride at working with such wrestlers though, and believes things are going in the right direction:
"The last two or three years is when it clicked in my head… I've always loved women's wrestling. I loved women's wrestling almost as much, if not more, than men's wrestling. I want them to get to the level that all the guys are at. They deserve that. Sometimes, it's not fair that they don't get those chances and now they are starting to get those chances. Whether it be them growing in the ring and learning to do the best they can, I love that, it's a challenge to me. I work with them every single week. I love to watch them grow and where they have come over the last two years during the pandemic, they've come such a long ways.
“That's not just me, it's a whole team of people, but I work with them very closely and there is an understanding, they respect me, they listen, they are very coachable and they are learning a lot. They are learning how to truly sell, how to tell stories, how to work the camera, how to do the necessary things to get them over as young superstars. They are only going to get better. I love to give back. The payoff for me is not the stardom, the money, any of those things, they are great and necessary, but when I teach them something and they see it and they want to learn it and they are passionate. Jade [Cargill] is a great example of this. I take them under my wing and they want to learn. They are not there yet, but they're getting there, and they want it now. When I teach them how to do something and they do it and you see this smile on their face, that's the payoff for me.”