Rhodes noted that he hasn't appeared on WWE television in that role in quite a while since adopting the Stardust character in 2014.
"It's great though that you ask, because the Dusty Rhodes tag tournament taking place in NXT is something he would really be proud of because of all the platforms it gives to talent, including independent talent that came in for a shot to win the Dusty Rhodes tag tournament. I will actually be there myself, (as) me — for the first time a while on WWE programming — Cody Rhodes and my brother will be there to present the trophy, which I'm looking forward to seeing," said Rhodes.
Stardust has been Rhodes' main character for well over a year now. Many speculated he would ditch the gimmick after the passing of his father, but he posted a passionate response, saying that performing in the role was an homage to Dusty.
WWE has two more quarterfinal matchups in the tournament before the semifinals are set. Both the semifinal and final rounds will take place at NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7. As of now, The Mechanics, Hype Bros, Enzo & Cass, Gable & Jordan, Baron Corbin & Rhyno, as well as Finn Balor & Samoa Joe remain in the tourney.