Dustin Rhodes Says He Gets More Nervous Now Than He Did In The Last Five Years

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AEW star “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes recently appeared on an episode of the Sports Guys Talk Wrestling podcast, where he talked about a number of topics including how he is proud of himself for hanging in there and still being able to compete at the level he is, but he gets more nervous now than he did in the last five years.

Rhodes said, “I’m proud of myself for still hanging in there and doing what I can to elevate these youngins and to make the next set of superstars for AEW to actually get their chance to shine because we have some amazing young talent. If I can help in any way, I’m there, absolutely. I love that Tony gives me the opportunities that he does. I get a lot more nervous now, in the last five years I guess, since I turned 50. When I go out, it is nerve-racking because I cannot afford to go out there and mess up. I don’t want to mess up. If I do, people are going to see that and say, ‘Oh, he needs to retire.’ That’s something that really bothers me. I have to go stay on top and keep working hard. I’ve been training my ass off and making sure that I don’t stumble in that ring. Listen, everybody does, but right now, I’m just focusing on whatever my next time is and what I have to do to get through that and try to put on a good show and entertain the fans like I always have. It’s very humbling for me and I love it. Without the fans, it would just be empty arenas and that’s no fun. We need them there every single time.”

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(H/T to Fightful for transcribing the above quotes)