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Dustin Rhodes on Cody’s WWE return promo: ‘I know dad would be happy’

Dustin Rhodes appeared on the Sessions with Renee Paquette.

Dustin Rhodes says he knows his father would be happy with Cody Rhodes' promo the night after WrestleMania. 

Dustin appeared on an episode of The Sessions with Renee Paquette released on Tuesday. During the discussion, Paquette asked Dustin what he thinks Dusty would have thought of Cody's promo on Raw that night. 

"I knew dad always wanted us to be happy. And he would have his suggestions and things like that and try to lead us in the right way but ultimately these are our decisions, right? Money's money and dad would always say, 'Take the money.'"

"Cody is very, very passionate about his promos, about every single word that he is going to 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 the first time you've been back in years, and he did. 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." 

Dustin also addressed getting to wrestle his brother at Double or Nothing 2022. 

"Having an opportunity to work with my brother and not knowing what to expect with an AEW audience. I had no idea if I was going to get any reaction at all and just the fact that we went out there and I got a reaction and the match was just, for me and him, perfect." 

"I'll never do it again, I'll never wrestle him again. It did a lot to me that night," he continued to say about wrestling his brother. 

Regarding Cody signing with WWE, Dustin is happy for him but does miss him at AEW. 

"I was happy for him but I also miss him already and I miss him being there 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.'" 

Dustin was also asked about how he feels a character like the original Goldust would work in modern wrestling. 

"It absolutely would not work. The way Goldust was portrayed back in the 90s, he was very androgynous, we would never say the word 'gay.' I don't think it would work because those things back then were like way, way ahead of its time."

"It was just very pushing the envelope as far as you could possibly do it, stepping over that line? Today, trying to do something like that? No."

Dustin also addressed his match against CM Punk from the AEW Dynamite on April 20. 

"He's always been a dream match of mine to have. He's one of those bucket list things," Dustin said of Punk. 

"My big thing I told him, I said, "Look, I don't care about all these moves that we're going to do, I just want to make the people feel something.' So, we did that. And he sold an arm and I sold a leg. Babyface vs babyface. You're selling, he's selling, it gets a little heated, we start slapping each other. Then it's not really a he's a heel or I'm a heel, it's just two guys slugging it out having a pro-wrestling match." 

"You're looking around the arena and you start seeing [fans] standing up at certain times. It's a build, right? It's all part of a story and I love to tell stories. That night, knowing that I could do that with CM Punk and did it, I knew for a fact that in 2022, you can still go out there and have a pro-wrestling match without doing a whole bunch of bulls**t."