Dusty Rhodes signed an additional contract with WWE earlier today, having already signed a “Legends” deal with the company a couple of weeks ago, after a meeting with Stephanie McMahon.
It was announced in the day that he conducted an interview with WWE.com and was expected to be working as part of creative on the SmackDown! brand.
We can now confirm that Rhodes will be replacing Dave Lagana from his spot as head writer on SmackDown!, as Dave Lagana is moving to a better-paid, less-travel-requiring position on Shane McMahon’s New Media team. Lagana will help Rhodes make the transition into head writer of SmackDown! as well as continue to help out the creative process in the company, since he’s very well-liked inside the company.
Rhodes’ interview was posted a bit ago on WWE.com – you can read it HERE. He basically mentions he’s excited to be back, and that he’s looking forward to working with Stephanie McMahon, which was the smart thing to say. He shot down the idea of being an on-camera character with WWE, but has said that he wants to work with Ric Flair. Time will tell. This hiring makes it very easy for the company to get him to join the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania in Chicago next year.