After three decades in the business, Goldust recently admitted that he is nearing the end of his in-ring career.
When it comes to an athlete's longevity, there is no sport quite like professional wrestling. Some men and women in the business go on for decades. Take The Undertaker, for instance. He first competed during the 1980s and continues to wrestle today as he currently builds to a marquee match in Australia with Triple H on October 6, 2018, at WWE Super Show-Down.
Another man who has been around for a similar amount of time is Goldust. He may not have been Goldust for the entire time, but the man who would eventually embody that gimmick, Dustin Runnels, made his in-ring debut all the way back in 1988. 30 years later and he is still a WWE Superstar, currently enjoying his sixth run with the company.
In April 2019, Goldust will turn 50, and during a recent appearance on the Sports Guys Talking Wrestling show he admitted that his days between the ropes are numbered. "I'm at the end of my career here and about to be 50 in April. What else is there to do? I don't know," Goldust revealed to listeners, explaining that he has wrestled just about everybody that there is to wrestle as well as exhausted every incarnation of his character.
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Goldust also brought up some peers of his that are in the same boat as him during the interview. The likes of Kane, Mark Henry, and the aforementioned Undertaker. "My body's getting older, they're getting younger and faster. It takes a toll on an old man's body...you gotta do it a little bit less. You can't go balls to the wall like we used to," he explained.
The former Intercontinental Champion did not declare to the world that he's retiring, just that he is starting to wind down his career. He may have wrestled just about everyone that there is to wrestle, but that doesn't mean he isn't still enjoying his current role on Raw. What's likely is that we will start to see less and less of Goldust as time goes on, and eventually, like Henry, he will reveal that his wrestling career has come to an end.