Dustin Rhodes has officially revealed that he has left WWE and with that, the Goldust character has seemingly been laid to rest.
This weekend, AEW revealed that Cody and Dustin Rhodes will do battle at Double Or Nothing. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this narrative is that when the match was announced, Dustin was still under contract with WWE. However, those loose ends have since been tied up by the veteran.
The cleaning up began with a statement from Dustin. He stated that he had requested his release from WWE and that request had been granted. The former Intercontinental Champion then followed up with a short video during which he seemingly packs his Goldust character away for good. At the time of typing this, the clip has already been viewed more than a million times.
Dustin debuted the Goldust character all the way back in 1995 and since then it has become one of the most iconic in the industry. Anyone who's anyone that has passed through WWE during that time will have crossed paths with the character, hence the outpouring of well wishes on social media. Mick Foley posted a photo of Goldust licking him while bothering a passed out Undertaker, claiming it was Dustin who made those bizarre scenarios seem logical.
Although Dustin hasn't said whether he will be retiring from wrestling entirely after his match with Cody, someone who has also paid tribute to the Goldust character definitely has. "Goldust was an Amazing character. So entertaining. BUT.... Dustin was one of the best and most polished in ring performers that I’ve ever seen," Kurt Angle wrote on Twitter. Matt Hardy, Beth Phoenix, and Lance Storm have also shown their appreciation for the character.
It wasn’t so much the paint, but the man beneath the paint. Goldust was an Amazing character. So entertaining. BUT.... Dustin was one of the best and most polished in ring performers that I’ve ever seen. Farewell my friend. #ThankYouGoldust https://t.co/imiHdQrDCi— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 21, 2019
Wrestling fans like to talk about the greatest wrestlers to never be a World Champion in the business. Goldust is right up there, especially if you watched him during his peak during the 1990s. There were times when he feuded with Shawn Michaels and won the IC Title when it seemed as if it was coming, but it never did. Nevertheless, it was a Hall Of Fame career without a doubt and we look forward to Dustin's induction sometime soon.