Dustin Rhodes has a very clear message for any stars in AEW who don’t want to be there, “get the f*ck out.”
With the retirement of Vince McMahon, the wrestling landscape underwent a seismic shift. It could even be argued that only the creation of AEW altered the industry to this degree in the years since WCW was bought by WWE in 2001.
Over the course of his career McMahon became the most influential and most important figure in professional wrestling, but that reign is now over. With Triple H heading up creative and Stephanie McMahon installed as Chairwoman and co-CEO alongside Nick Khan, the second half of 2022 signals the dawning of a new era.
This has led fans to wonder whether a number of former WWE stars might be tempted to return to the company, even if they are currently employed by AEW. While AEW President Tony Khan has dismissed these suggestions citing the contracts handed out to his top stars, WWE have already re-signed Dakota Kai, Karrion Kross and Scarlett. While the trio never worked for AEW, Kross did turn down the chance to appear with the company earlier in 2022.
Speaking at Terrificon 2022 (video via Fandom Spotlite) Dustin Rhodes has now given his thoughts on the situation. Rhodes said that a strong WWE can only be a good thing, before telling anyone who has had enough of AEW to simply “get the f*ck out” when their deal is up.
[Chuckles] Did you see [Tony Khan’s] interview? Yeah, I mean you got the few that just left there [WWE] that are under five-year deals, right? So we got ‘em for a while. They’re not just gonna up and leave, you can’t do that. That’s what a contract is about. As far as anybody else that doesn’t have that deal, hey man, go for it, whatever. I think experience it if you want to. If you don’t like the current atmosphere, that’s a personal issue. You need to move on.
Maybe they’ll do something different with you over there, you know what I mean? I think it’s going to be a change slowly with Triple H at the helm but it’s gonna be a good change, it’s not gonna be a bad change and if not, it’s gonna be a little bit of the same plus a little more wrestling I would say, a little more storytelling which will be great for the business and great for wrestling fans.
Yeah, I mean you got so many places you can go now. But two places that really, really stand out are ours and theirs. You have to want one of those two and whatever you do, just make the best of it. If your contract’s up and you’ve had enough with AEW, go, get the f*ck out.”
During the appearance Rhodes also appeared to confirm that AEW will be moving to two-night pay-per-view events, in the same way that WWE currently splits WrestleMania across a weekend.
H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.