Dustin Rhodes, son of pro wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes, and older brother of current WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, sat down for an interview with the Busted Open Radio podcast earlier today and shared his thoughts on the Dusty Rhodes A&E Biography, the upcoming AEW All Access show and the outcome of his brother Cody’s undisputed WWE Universal title match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 not turning out the way most fans would have hoped.
Regarding the Dusty Rhodes A&E Biography, Dustin said of his father’s episode:
“From a fan’s perspective, it was excellent. It was good. It told a lot of things that a lot of people didn’t know. From the children’s perspective, it was a little sad. I watched it four times, and each time was about the same. Certain areas of what we’re talking about, or whatever, brings back some memories and it just kind of breaks you down and you miss your dad. From the fans point of view, it was very happy and they all miss Dad, and they got a little sad or crying or whatever, but nothing like what we were kind of going through individually, my brother and sisters. But it was excellent. I was on Rob (Liano). He shot it and directed it, produced it, and all that stuff. I was on him constantly about, you know, there’s certain things I didn’t like and certain things I didn’t want to share with the public. My life has been a pretty open book. I’m not one of those to keep things in, sometimes to a fault. I go above and beyond and say some things that I shouldn’t say, and I’m trying to get better at that, but you know, it’s private. But it was well done, man, and I loved it. At the same time, you know, I just miss him and I’m sad.”
In terms of the upcoming AEW All Access show, a brand-new AEW show which is described as “the ultimate behind-the-scenes fan experience,” which follows such AEW superstars as Adam Cole, Dr. Britt Baker, Sammy Guevara, The Young Bucks, Saraya, Eddie Kingston and more, Dustin said that it’s good for more and more layers of the behind-the-scenes experience in pro wrestling to be revealed as fans become more and more intelligent with the inner-workings of the profession, but that there are “certain aspects” that should always remain hidden.
“There’s certain aspects behind the curtain I believe are okay,” Rhodes said, “but then there are certain aspects that I will still be in my old school ways of kayfabing and keeping the mystique as long as I can. Wrestling has grown through so many eras and it’s just progressed and gotten different. There is a look behind the curtain now it seems every day of something, and I get it. You either gotta grow or you gotta go with it. But there’s certain aspects of the backstage area that should be off limits. The wrestling audience is smart. They know a lot of what’s going on, or do they? You know what I mean? Because we don’t have that chance to keep it kind of private and secret anymore. It’s like, ‘Well, gosh, dang, man, they see it all., so there’s no surprise element’, and it makes it hard, but you just gotta keep going. A lot of people agree with it, a lot of people will probably disagree with it, but it’s just my thoughts on it.”
Dustin also shared his thoughts on his brother Cody’s big, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Championship match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39, a match which many fans and analysts alike believed that Cody was destined to win. Surprisingly, although initially frustrated with the outcome, Dustin thinks that perhaps overall, and looking back with a level head, Reigns retaining his title was the right move, especially considering Cody’s current program with Brock Lesnar and the fact that “everybody in the world thought [Cody] was going to win that thing.”
“I went to Mania, and I sat up in the box,” Rhodes said. “I wasn’t allowed down or anything like that. I was there and I went there for the reason that Cody was gonna win the title, right? We didn’t know. This was his time. It was a little frustrating when he didn’t win, but then at the same time, business wise, because everybody in the world thought he was going to win that thing, but when you look at it a week later, or whatever, and you kind of analyze it and see what they’re doing with Brock right now and all that kind of stuff, it makes sense. Was it the right call? I don’t know. Personally, I wish he would have won it. But was it the right call? Probably so. Probably down the line, he builds to this thing and he finally wins it, then it’s going to be that much bigger, at least in my opinion.”
What do you think of Dustin’s thoughts on the Dusty Rhodes A&E Biography? Or Cody Rhodes losing to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39? Was the latter the right move to make, considering Cody’s win will be “that much bigger” when he finally wins it? Or was WrestleMania 39 the perfect time for the undisputed WWE Heavyweight Championship title to change hands?