Dustin Rhodes: Cody And I Were Told Our Match Wasn't Good Enough For WrestleMania

Dustin Rhodes speaks ahead of AEW Double or Nothing.

This Saturday at All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing, Dustin Rhodes will step into the ring for the first time in nearly a year. Rhodes will take on his younger sibling, Cody, in a brother vs. brother contest. It won't be the first time the two brothers have squared off in the ring as they previously met at WWE Fastlane 2015 when Goldust (Dustin) took on Stardust (Cody).

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“They gave us Fastlane—and it was a stinker,” acknowledged Rhodes in a new interview with Sports Illustrated. “You always want to have your WrestleMania moment, but we were denied that. We were told it wasn’t good enough to be on a WrestleMania."

While Cody and Dustin did not wrestle against each other at WrestleMania, the two worked one-on-one matches at WWE live events from March through April in 2015. They last wrestled against each other at a WWE live event in February 2016. The brothers will get their shot at redemption at AEW Double or Nothing.

"Since I’ve been clean and sober, I fell in love with the wrestling business all over again. These past two months have been very inspirational to me, and this Double or Nothing match feels like a WrestleMania moment for me. I’m working my tail off in the gym, I’ve dropped weight, and I’m going to show Cody some things that Goldust has never done," said Dustin. "Cody and I are going to step in the ring and end this for once and all. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done in the business—greater than the Roddy Piper match from WrestleMania 12, greater than Battleground from 2013 with Cody against The Shield. This, to me, is the pinnacle, and I’m not going to let anyone down. Look, this is no different than what happened when I’d start a fight with my dad. He was older and wiser, and he’d always win. It’s the same way with me and Cody. As egotistical as my little brother is, I love him to death, but he needs to take into account that I’ve traveled this world just a little more. I am the master at mind games."

Dustin continued, saying, "I don’t know what to expect from the AEW crowd. I’m going to show everyone the new Dustin Rhodes. I hope they accept me with open arms. I want to give back to the business, and AEW is the future. I can’t wait to go out there and perform with my brother, slap him a few times to let him know who big brother is, then shake his hand and give him a hug afterward. It’s a huge moment, I’m grateful for it, and it’s going to be a lot of fun at Double or Nothing."

Cody Rhodes recently stated that he thinks Double or Nothing will be Dustin's last match. You can view his comments by clicking here.

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