Teil Rhodes has opened about about how the relationship between her brother Cody and their half brother Dustin has evolved in recent years.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio, Teil discussed a range of topics around the illustrious wrestling family, ranging from Dusty’s legacy to Cody’s current role in AEW.
Reflecting first on how she would like her father to be remembered, Teil said that she would like fans to remember the man that he was outside the ring as well as the performer that he was inside it. She commented on feeling protective because Dusty didn’t reveal a lot about the business.
“I don’t think that it’s more important, but I think that being in the business for so long, there’s versions of Dusty that over time are kind of caricatures or not really who he was as a man,” Rhodes said. “And I think that’s important to me. All the stories and all the Dusty lore that grows, that’s great. But there was also a real complicated, imperfect, but great man that I want people to remember those kinds of things about him. As a father, as a grandfather. That’s important to me.
“I also think for Cody and Dustin, being in the business, sometimes it’s hard to separate that sometimes when you’re always having to talk about dad, Dusty stuff all the time. I also am protective because he kept a lot of secrets. He did not reveal a lot about the business, and he had a reputation of someone that was professional and someone that really cared deeply about the industry. And I want to maintain that.”
Continuing on, Teil admitted that she worries about Cody becoming physically burned out with his current workload with AEW and beyond. Touching on Cody’s relationship with Arn Anderson, Teil questioned whether you can really trust a Horseman. A comment alluding to her father’s long-time rivalry with Ric Flair and the rest of the rest of the Four Horseman through the 1980’s.
“I think that it’s fair to have those worries. Mine is more I see that kind of same tiredness in him because he doesn’t sleep. He works all the time. It’s more for me worrying about a physical burnout for him. As far as Arn goes, there’s some tension there. We love Arn, but can you trust a Horseman ever? I don’t now.”
Rhodes also touched on the relationship between Cody and Dustin. The pair previously teamed together in WWE as Stardust and Goldust. However, it has been widely reported that the two men didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye during this period. However, Teil explained that they’ve since become a lot closer since they began working together again in AEW.
“They definitely have,” Rhodes said. “When Cody and Dustin were tagging together as Stardust and Goldust there at the end, it’s not a trade secret that they were not getting along. My dad did not want them tagging together anymore. Dustin moved in with us when we were so little, and Dustin, I think was sixteen when Cody was born. And while he did live with us, they weren’t really close until they were forced to work together. And there was a lot of tension at that time.
“But since All In and Dustin really being behind the scenes in the women’s division and coaching in that, they have gotten really close. There’s more of a tenderness there that I think, and I think it was always there because everybody loves Dustin. He’s so kindhearted. But I think that’s been one of the great things about AEW and where they’re at now.”
In recent weeks cracks have begun to appear in the on-screen relationship between Cody and Arn Anderson. On the September 29th episode of AEW Dynamite, Anderson laid down the law to Rhodes in response to his recent defeat to Malakai Black.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.