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Dustin Rhodes comments on his in-ring future.
Speaking on Talk Is Jericho, Dustin Rhodes shared his thoughts about how much longer he wants to wrestle and if he has thought about it regularly. Rhodes says he doesn’t want to end up in a position where he regrets staying too long, and wants to quit before it drastically affects his health.
“I have. It’s a tough question. It’s in my blood, you know. I look at Ric Flair and his supposed last match, and I don’t wanna do that. So as long as I can get it the business and still walk — and even if I have, because I do need a couple of knee replacements — but that’s fine, I’ll get the knee replacements, I’ll be fine. I’ll be able to walk around,” Rhodes explained. “But I just remember getting in the business and seeing a couple of the old-timers on walkers and in wheelchairs. I’m like, I don’t wanna get to that point. But we throw our bodies around and eventually, something’s going to happen. So if I can get out of the business while I can still kind of semi-enjoy walking at least and enjoy the rest of my life, that’s fine.”
Despite his pending in-ring retirement, Dustin Rhodes says he wants to remain connected to the wrestling business in some way. He’s currently a coach in AEW and has his own wrestling school, and believes his legacy is about giving back to the future.
“I love the business, so I wanna be connected to it in some way, whether it’s just backstage coaching or whatever because I really love coaching. It’s a lot of fun for me. A lot of people don’t like it. I love it. I love putting together stuff for these kids to try to figure out. My vision is always different than their vision, and I see them do it, and it’s not my vision, and it makes me mad, but it’s what they see my vision as being. So I understand it and I’m patient with that, and I love to tell them, hey man, you did this, you did this, do this next time. Then they go out and do it, and it works for them. So that’s kind of the knowledge that I want to pass on. So that’s my legacy now is passing on my knowledge to the younger kids.”
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