Pro wrestling is not only a physically strenuous game but also it demands a substantial amount of mental tenacity to stick to the squared circle for longer. While the wears and tears they take on a daily basis to their bodies are super visible to us, we tend to overlook the psychological pressure for obvious reasons. But times are changing with superstars shedding light on it.

Dustin Rhodes, 55, chose to chip in with his insight about the same as he recently had a bad mental health day but had a quick recovery as well.

Dustin Rhodes came clean on his dwindling mental state


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Cody Rhodes‘ half-brother has been a constant pillar in Tony Khan’s promotion since 2019. That said, the former WWE star hasn’t endured a glorious time in his run lately. Dustin Rhodes lost a crucial bout against AEW World Champion Samoa Joe on a recent edition of Dynamite after the latter whacked him with his title. It means he lost the chance to earn a world title shot. The defeat culminated in some online vitriol coming his way post the match.

Amidst this mental unrest, the Elder Rhodes brother took to his Twitter to make a blatant confession about his mental health. The wrestler noted that he had recently had a bad day and laid out the strategies that helped him to ease out.


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The reflective tweet reads, ”Having a tough mental health day. It is not easy to just not worry about things or anything. I really go to the extreme on the What Ifs constantly. Plus being depressed for some unexplained reason or for no reason at all is exhausting. Here is my go to on how to get out of that headspace:
-Serenity prayer
-Turn my life over to God daily
– breathe
-talk to my wife about it.”

To conclude the message, the former WWE Tag Team champion reassured fans who have been struggling with their headspace, saying it’s okay to have bad days. Although he didn’t specify the reason for feeling low lately, he has dealt with severe issues in the past.

Dustin Rhodes had highlighted the cause of his troubles in the past


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Coping with mental health issues is a common nightmare in the pro wrestling industry. In most cases, it was a byproduct of addiction. Cody Rhodes’ brother also underwent a similar kind of phase in his storied career in the past. During an episode of The Sessions, the AEW star once shared how medicating helped him to get rid of an injury that he suffered in 1996. However, this led him toward a destructive path in the long run.

However, Rhodes successfully overcame his temporary addiction to alcohol and substances and has been sober for over 15 years. Despite having many accolades to his name, Dustin Rhodes deems his sobriety as his highest legacy.


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Coming to his brother Cody Rhodes, he has already been facing backlash from fans for being a rather boring champion ahead of his first title defense against AJ Styles. What’s your take on Dustin Rhodes’ sharing mental health story amidst a lackluster AEW run? Let us know in the comments.

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Shreya Nag


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Shreya Nag is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. As a journalism major, Shreya has worked as both a writer and a news moderator. With over a thousand articles to her name at ES, she has developed a strong hand for the art of wrestling journalism.
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Amal Joyce