I can only hope that when it happens, the match between Goldust and Stardust lives up to the hype. I also hope that if the match takes place at WWE Fast Lane, it is built as a precursor to WrestleMania XXXI, where it will end, potentially with the retirement of one of the greatest gimmicks the WWE/WWF has ever produced.
There are few characters that have had the talent that Dustin Rhodes has been able to deliver as consistently as he has. And for a character that was born out of the Attitude Era, it is almost as popular now as it was in 1995 when the bizarre and often sexually explicit oddity that came to the WWF.
[adinserter block=”1″]Make no mistake, Goldust (or Rhodes) has had as much impact on the WWE since his return and his reunion with Cody Rhodes, his younger brother.
Goldust was a stronger, more deliberate version of Gorgeous George and Adrian Street rolled into one. Add the ultra-hot Marlena – played by Rhodes then-wife Terri and the company had itself its own version of Beauty and the Beast. And wrestlers had themselves plenty of trouble dealing with the duo.
Since his return last year to the WWE, Goldust’s impact has been nothing short of perfect and the subsequent feud that is firmly on fans’ doorsteps could prove to be the “dream” match we all have been asking for from the WWE for the past five or so years.
Between WWF/E and WCW, Goldust has officially won 19 total championships. In WCW, he was a two-time United States Champion, a one-time Six-Man Tag Team Champion, a two-time World Tag Team Champion, and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion (which the NWA doesn’t recognize). In World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE, he is a three-time Intercontinental Champion, a nine-time Hardcore Champion, a one-time World Tag Team Champion, and a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion
Should this be the end of the androgynous one, what happens to Cody and his Stardust character and will he be taken seriously as a singles wrestler? Cody was an Intercontinental Champion and a tag team champion numerous times, but has never been given the push to become a main event star.
GOLDBERG, PART II
In a story in the Miami Herald, former WCW and WWE star Goldberg spoke about the potential of a return to the ring. While there is no definite decision to get back involved in the WWE, the 48-year old former world champions said he could do it, and is in the best shape of his life.
His last appearance for the company happened at WrestleMania XX against Brock Lesnar. Even though he admittedly doesn’t follow the product regularly, Goldberg is grateful for everything he accomplished in the squared circle.
“I probably watched (wrestling) it a handful of times since I retired,” he said. “I think there is so much more on television. Number one, I don’t have the time to do it. I’m training most of the time and spending time with my family, my eight-year-old boy and beautiful wife. My life has kind of changed in that I don’t sit arbitrarily watching two hours of mindless soap opera.
“…We know it was a kind of a disgruntled marriage between myself and WWE. I don’t really sit down and watch the product with my son. If it was something he came up to me and asked me to do I would do it. He has yet to do it. We are a traditional sports family as of right now. Growing up, the last thing I want him to do is think he is going to become a professional wrestler at age 8. We are concentrating on Muay Thai, baseball and hopefully football here.”
[adinserter block=”2″]I caution such potential in a return after the WWE had such an awful response from the fans wen Batista made his appearance at the Royal Rumble and headlined WrestleMania XXX. The backlash from the WWE pushing Batista over Roman Reigns last year was huge, which led to Daniel Bryan being included in the Triple Treat Title Match in New Orleans.
Could a return by the man with two moves have a similar effect on the company’s fan base?