Recently, Dustin Rhodes announced he will hang up his boots next year. While he still has really great matches, he is 53. His in-ring contract is up at the end of July. Is there one last title run in him?
“The Natural” has recently joined forces with Orange Cassidy, Best Friends, and Danhausen. He fits in with the group, even if Danhausen can’t stop looking at him. It’ll be fun to watch them interact for however long they’re together.
Once Rhodes announced his impending retirement, fans began asking if he’d get a title run before he left. While the AEW World Championship seems unlikely there’s the TNT Championship. Perhaps he makes a run at the tag team titles with Danhausen.
While there have been no seeds of dissension thus far, one has to wonder (and by one, I mean me) if Rhodes will eventually challenge Cassidy for the AEW All-Atlantic Championship. The title was just created this year and only one other person besides Cassidy has held it. PAC was the inaugural champion and even defended it in England several times.
The title is still building up what it’s legacy is, but right now, it’s kind of like the TNT Championship in that it’s defended regularly. Cassidy will wrestle anyone who asks. Rhodes could decide he wants to prove himself against “Freshly Squeezed”.
Rhodes can still put on bangers. Way back in January of this year when his brother Cody couldn’t defend the TNT Championship, there was an interim title match between Rhodes and Sammy Guevara. While “The Spanish God” would be the winner, Rhodes gave him a run for his money. The two had a banger as we’ve seen Rhodes do time and time again. He challenged Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH Championship and it was awesome.
If Rhodes gets a title run in AEW, the All-Atlantic Championship would be the perfect title for him to have one last reign with and allow him to continue to add to his legacy while building up a relatively new championship.