"Dustin Runnels, who performed in World Wrestling Entertainment as Goldust, received an early release from his WWE contract late last week. WWE had previously announced that Runnels' contract, which was set to expire in January 2004, would not be renewed.
Runnels, who is expected to work for ZERO-ONE in Japan in 2004, is already seeking bookings on the independent scene. The following press release was sent out by Northeast Wrestling, which handles bookings for several talents:
The "Lonestar " Dustin Rhodes is available for bookings.
The "Lonestar" Dustin Rhodes is a available for appearances, wrestling seminars and indy wrestling shows. The former Goldust in the WWE is a former Intercontinental and World Tag Team Champion. He is available and looks forward to the possibility of working as a tag team with his father Dusty Rhodes.
To book Dustin you can email NEWWrestling@yahoo.com.
Northeast Wrestling is the exclusive booking agent for Dustin Rhodes, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Dusty Rhodes, Al Snow, "The Coach" Jonathon Coachman and Barry Windham.
Runnels had returned to WWE at the 2002 Royal Rumble and settle into a midcard tag team with Booker T during this most recent run."
------------- Well, we knew he would not be resigned. Guess it is good they got it out of the way now. I guess he can now move on to other stuff, hopfully seeing him in TNA soon.
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Well, although I'm sad that he's been let go, I'm glad he got a chance to have one last good run. We can now remember him as one hell of an entertaining guy with the Goldust character. I'm just glad his horrid 1999-2001 WCW run wasn't the last of him.
I'll always remember his "Outside the Ropes" skit on Confidential, where Al Snow was interviewing Lance Storm, and Goldust kept popping in camera view to try and motivate Storm into being entertaining. It was absolutley HILARIOUS, to the point that both Storm and Snow were breaking character and started to crack up on camera. Good stuff.
Originally posted by OMEGAWell, although I'm sad that he's been let go, I'm glad he got a chance to have one last good run. We can now remember him as one hell of an entertaining guy with the Goldust character. I'm just glad his horrid 1999-2001 WCW run wasn't the last of him.
I completely agree. He came in as a one-shot retro-appeal Royal Rumble filler and turned it into a nice second WWE streak capped off by a tag title reign. It's a shame he's not with them anymore, but he more than prove himself as a lively performer.
The backstage skit were Kane's Katie Vick assault was discussed was hilarious. Someone (Rock?) asked who in their right mind would ever sleep with a corpse, and Goldust sheepishly reaised his hand. "It was in college! I was young, OK?!"
Nice new moniker too. You know, he could make a killing in TNA with his skills.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by Matt TrackerThe backstage skit were Kane's Katie Vick assault was discussed was hilarious. Someone (Rock?) asked who in their right mind would ever sleep with a corpse, and Goldust sheepishly reaised his hand. "It was in college! I was young, OK?!"
That reminds me (for some reason) of the awesome promo he, Booker, and Rock had at King of the Ring 2002, where he was trying to talk street with Booker & Rock. "What about me: The gold wearing, oh so daring... I'm not really any good at this." I bought that DVD just for that skit.
I, too, think he'll go to TNA. However, it'll be interesting to see how they use him, as the Goldust character is owned by WWE, and the Dustin Rhodes character is the very definition of bland.
Originally posted by OMEGAI, too, think he'll go to TNA. However, it'll be interesting to see how they use him, as the Goldust character is owned by WWE, and the Dustin Rhodes character is the very definition of bland.
He's shown that he's game for a variety of characters: the Natural, the omnisexual/mindgaming Goldust, the born again Dustin, Se7en, the goofy Goldust, the Tourette's Goldust. I think he'll manage any angle they give him, but I'd be up for a tough-guy redneck wrestler. As opposed to the brawlers. Even better, if he tweaked the presentation of Goldust and became the Natural Boy, a combo of his dad and Flair. I gotta believe that would kill in Tennessee.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Although really, a lot of the stuff he was doing in 2002 was more Dustin Runnels than it was Goldust, so if just channels THAT aspect into what he's doing, it shouldn't matter if he's being Lonestar as long as he's giving Jeff Jarrett the Raspberry Jam Treatment. Because a lot of the comedy stuff he was doing went beyond the original Goldust character...it's like that point in 1997-8 where Mankind ended and Mick Foley began.
So Goldust or no Goldust he's still capable of doing the awesome-funny stuff if he wants.
If Martha Stewart's obituary had a typo in it, would it read "Beloved Aunt"?
Or he could be the Golden Cowboy, a combination of his previous Texan gimmicks with the flamboyant Goldust persona. Someone like Kid Kash can call him a homo and Goldie can slap the taste out of his mouth...
Originally posted by Blanket JacksonAlthough really, a lot of the stuff he was doing in 2002 was more Dustin Runnels than it was Goldust, so if just channels THAT aspect into what he's doing, it shouldn't matter if he's being Lonestar as long as he's giving Jeff Jarrett the Raspberry Jam Treatment.
You know, Dustin doesnt really get much kudos for his in-ring abilities. During his last run with the Fed, i saw Goldust re-invigorated and his tag run with Booker against Vitamin C showed him working hard and caring about his craft. He's always had charisma as Goldust but he could also back it up in the ring.
Still, i hope he doesnt come back to wrestling in a cowboy gimmick or try to be like his pop...he stands out as a wrestler by doing oddball-type gimmicks and making them work.
I think Dustin would be a good hand for NWATNA. He's a versatile performer and can do the comedy without the Goldust suit. Having Dustin there messing with people every week would be good TV plus when he's inspired he can get it done in the ring. He was on fire there for awhile in the ring and doing lots of great work.
Dustin's back has been real bad for awhile so perhaps this is probably the best thing for him. He had tons of good exposure in WWE with Booker T and he can command as high a price on the indy's as anyone now. He'll get to work when he wants and get good money for it.
I'm amped to see who ZERO-ONE puts him up against and if Dustin is inspired to tear it up. I think him and Corino could have a real good old school 80's NWA type match with Corino bleeding and bumping all over the place for Dustin's snug brawling. It'd be fun.
Goldust is a perfect example of me not fully appreciating a wrestler until they're gone. His character was truly unique. Even if Dustin does pop up in another prominent organization like NWA-TNA (of which I have no TV access to anyway), it probably wouldn't be the same. There was an aura about the Goldust character that was one of a kind. Either way, I hope he continues his comedy routine and doesn't go back to his bland Dustin Rhodes gimmick he had towards the end of WCW. *shudder*
I'm guessing this release had to do something with Goldust personally, in terms of not getting along with talent or being too difficult in contract negotiations or something like that. Because with all of these oversized hacks polluting televison, he was way too over as a midcard act for the WWE not to sign up to a small deal.
Side note: On best of RAW 2003 tonight, they showed a 'moment' where Goldust is on the mic talking to HHH and Flair, who are laughing histerically. I don't remember a RAW this year I didn't see, but I some how missed this segment. What was the background to it?
Dustin is far too bland without the Goldust gimmick. If he goes to TNA, he'll get the initial WWE-reject pop, but that'll eventually fade away like the majority of guys who have come in. I can't see his comedy routine working without the gimmick either. Personally, I didn't find anything in his last run funny, but that's just me.
I don't particularly want to see him in Zero One either, unless they put him in a tag team with someone. He's a much better tag wrestler than he is a singles, so maybe he can form a "comedy" team with Steve Corino. However, he seems to be awfully injury prone, and I can't see him lasting an entire tour without being banged up in some fashion.
Originally posted by ParagonOfVirtueSide note: On best of RAW 2003 tonight, they showed a 'moment' where Goldust is on the mic talking to HHH and Flair, who are laughing histerically. I don't remember a RAW this year I didn't see, but I some how missed this segment. What was the background to it?
If I remember, it was during Booker's feud with HHH, some time after WrestleMania. Goldust had come to the ring to challenge HHH, and they didn't take him seriously.
I hope he does have a run in TNA and makes the most of it. Dustin has great charisma, decent ability and name value (even without the gimmick), and it would be a shame if he couldn't find steady work anywhere. At the very least, they could have moved him over to SmackDown, where they are in desperate need of GOOD comedy gimmicks.
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I'm going to miss Goldust a lot. He's one of those guys you can put in any one spot and he's fun. You can put him in with a mainevent guy, and of course Goldust is going to get his ass kicked but the surreal interaction with a main star and Goldust is always fun... And then you can put Goldust on Heat or with a lower/midcard and his charisma makes whoever he's interacting with seem more interesting.
Goldust really is one of the last Old-New School type of wrestling. With over the top cartoonish character. And NO I don't want a roster full of these characters, don't even want half a roster with these character. But a few to give a change of pace to the norm is fun and good. I guess they still have some oddball character, but sorry Rosey getting stuck in a phone booth just doesn't measure up to what gold Goldust delivered... The ironic thing is that "The Natural Dustin Rhodes" would fit perfectly with the new philosophy of who WWF feels that the type of cookie cutter wrestler everyone wants to see. All he needs is some ink on him and he's ready to go
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You know, we need a way of comparing how much a wrestler is worth compared to his or her push. I suggest a ratio. For instance, Kane would be 1:1, because he is exactly where IMHO he belongs. Hardcore Holly would be about 1:7.