Dustin Rhodes has given his thoughts on his brother Cody Rhodes returning to WWE, including what their illustrious father, the American Dream, might have made of it all.
At WrestleMania 38, Cody Rhodes returned to WWE after six years away. Back on the ‘Grandest stage of them All’ Rhodes defeated Seth Rollins to a monster ovation from those in attendance.
The following night on Raw, Rhodes opened the show cutting an emotionally charged promo where he outlined his desire to win the WWE Championship. A title his father, the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, failed to win.
Speaking during a recent appearance on The Sessions with Renee Paquette, Dustin Rhodes discussed his brother’s move back to WWE. The veteran explained that he was happy for Cody, adding that their father always told them to take the money.
“I knew dad always wanted us to be happy and he [Dusty Rhodes] would have his suggestions like that and try to lead us in the right way,” said Dustin. “But ultimately, these are our decisions, right? Money is money, and dad would always say, ‘Take the money.’ He always said, ‘Take the money,’ and I know, just me watching it [Cody’s first promo after WWE WrestleMania 38] and seeing dad up there on the screen and talking about him and Cody’s very passionate about his promos, about everything single word that he’s gonna say which is very important, right? Especially for that first one, which was very important.
You’re making a huge impact on a lot of people. It’s the first time you’ve been back in years, he did it, and I know dad would be happy. He’s sitting in the rafters. That’s where I pictured him when me and Cody wrestled at Double or Nothing, right?”
The match at Double or Nothing in 2019 remains one of the most fondly remembered matches in AEW’s young history, as the two men carved out a brutal masterpiece. Despite this, Dustin said that he will never wrestle Cody again.
I’ve talked about this a lot over the last couple of years, having an opportunity to work with my brother, and not knowing what to expect with the AEW audience and no idea of I’m gonna get any reaction at all, and just the fact that we went out there, and I got a reaction, and the match was like, just for me and him, perfect.
It was a long time coming that we weren’t allowed in WWE to do. Not Stardust vs. Goldust, I mean just serious brother versus brother. It’s hard to do. It’s hard to do as you look at all the brothers versus brothers. There’s nothing good to come from them, right? I’ll never do it again. I’ll never wrestle him again. It did a lot to me that night.”
Dustin admitted that while he does miss his brother, he’s also happy to see him off chasing his dreams.
“I was happy for him but I was also — I missed him already and I miss him being here but I know he’s young and you know, let’s go. Go do your thing so I’m very happy for him and I’m like, ‘Hey man, more power to you. Go get that title and win it all and do your stuff.’”
After defeating Seth Rollins for a second time at WrestleMania Backlash, Cody Rhodes was back in action on Raw as he attempted to win the United States Championship from Theory. However, the match was cut short after Rollins interfered, attacking Rhodes.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.