Dustin Rhodes and Cody Rhodes had a match for the ages at AEW Double Or Nothing in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, and it is certainly a match that will go down in history. Dusty Rhodes, their father, surely would have been proud of the performance his two sons put on.
Dustin Rhodes appeared on Talk Is Jericho, and the talks became very personal. Dustin Rhodes discussed how he was bleeding so bad that it became scary at one point. He did not mean to blade that deep. Dustin also confirmed that we will never see a match between him and his brother Cody again.
Dustin Rhodes, formerly known as Goldust in WWE, went into detail about how he called his dad Dusty Rhodes when he was battling addiction and was having a difficult time keeping things together. His father “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes stepped up in a huge day and could possibly be the reason why his son is still alive today.
“It necessarily wasn’t about the business, it was just in life, you know? I went through a thing when him and I were having that difficult time. I went through drug and alcohol addiction that was pretty heavy. I almost died, I was just about as bad as you could possibly imagine. And I’d had enough, and I don’t know if that’s some kind of spiritual awakening or whatever, or rock bottom of a three-day bender.
“It was like, I’d had enough and I called him in the middle of the night. I said, ‘Man Pops, I want — I need to get help.’ And I’m squalling and I’m crying, drunk and f*cked up out of my mind. He gets me into the Wellness Program, and to rehab, and I went and eleven years later I’m clean and sober. But it’s like, every single day from that point I got out of rehab, he would call me. And he was like, ‘You need to keep working your program, Dus. Keep working your program, and keep steppin.’ ‘Keep steppin’ is a big thing for me that he said that really stuck out, that he said every single day to me. And I use it all the time now on social media, ‘Keep steppin.’”
It is scary to think of the consequences that could have unfolded had Dustin not reached out to his father Dusty. Certainly, situations like this remind us that there are things far bigger than professional wrestling. We are glad that Dustin was able to get the help he needed and bounce back. What a great comeback story.