WWE’s Goldust Has Persevered, Inspired for 20 Years
On Oct. 22, 1995, a mysterious new character made his debut at WWF's in your House PPV against Marty Jannetty. Forever known as "The Bizarre One" due to his antics in the ring, Goldust would go on to to achieve greatness in WWE, along with battling some serious demons throughout his prestigious career.
The Goldust character would go on to feud with some of the greatest in the wrestling business and prove why he will eventually end up in the WWE Hall of Fame. He has wrestled Razor Ramon, The Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior, Vader and many more high-profile superstars in WWE. The brutal backlot brawl match at Wrestlemaina XII against the legendary Rowdy Roddy Piper launched Goldust into another stratosphere of fame and further proved his natural ability to wrestle his way to the top.
Goldust is a three-time Intercontinental Champion and has won multiple tag-team titles. And the son of the legendary "American Dream," Dusty Rhodes, and brother of Stardust has had more recent feuds in WWE. The Rhodes Brothers were in a huge program with The Shield, resulting in an upset win on RAW that put the WWE tag-team titles on the dynamic duo.
Goldust has also done a ton of work outside of the ring, making appearances at hospitals, the Special Olympics and many other charity events. On a recent trip to Yakima, he even took the time for a snapshot with "Super Sam," the Bull Pen's Children's Miracle Network child.
He's visited Yakima numerous times over the years -- his last trip here was Aug. 14, 2014, and I had the honor of declaring "Goldust Day" to celebrate the superstar who has been through so much adversity.
To let the man whose given name is Dustin Runnels know that he has had and continues to have a major impact on this world, all you have to do is read his book, "Cross Rhodes: Out of Darkness." You will see why I chose to honor a man who defines the word perseverance and continues to prove you can accomplish anything you put your mind to at any age.
In fact we can expect to have Goldust back on WWE TV soon. The 46-year-old superstar is truly in the best shape of his life and I hope WWE creative has something in mind for the reinvented Goldust at Wrestlemaina 32. I plan to make the trip to Dallas and I hope to see my favorite superstar in action on the grandest stage of all.