In case you don’t “remember the name,” you’ll have the chance to be reminded on Friday, when Goldust makes his way to Deer Park to take part in a Fight the World Wrestling event.
The show takes place at the NYWC Sportatorium at 435-13 Brook Avenue, with an 8 p.m. bell time. Goldust will be in action and also sign autographs for fans. Tickets are available at www.ftwprowrestling.com.
It’s been 18 years since Dustin Rhodes debuted the controversial character in WWE, and the second-generation superstar says the “Bizarre One” still has plenty of gas left in his tank.
“People remember that and love that,” Rhodes, 43, said of the Goldust character. “Unfortunately, there’s not many characters anymore. I’m very proud of it.”
Rhodes is also very proud of his little brother, WWE superstar Cody Rhodes. Dustin said he believes Cody has all the tools to make it to the very top of the wrestling business, and none of the baggage that plagued his older sibling.
“Cody has seen the trials and tribulations within our family, with me especially, and how good can go to bad because of my own mistakes,” Rhodes said. “Cody has just got the greatest head on his shoulders. I’m so proud of him. He’s a clean-cut kid. He doesn’t do drugs. He doesn’t drink. He trains hard. He’s intelligent. He can talk.”
But if Cody does have one shortcoming, it’s his lack of patience, Dustin said. It’s a problem that Dustin said is all too common among the current generation of wrestlers that “just want it all now.”
“He doesn’t see the big picture sometimes. But he’s growing,” said Dustin, who expressed some frustration with WWE’s inconsistent push of Cody since he joined the company six years ago. “Sometimes they get a little hot and cold with Cody. I just wish they would make up their minds.”
Dustin got to witness Cody’s progress in the ring up close in January when he mixed it up with his brother at the Royal Rumble. The multiple-time Intercontinental, U.S. and tag team champion said it was the high point of his entire career, edging out his “Backlot Brawl” with Roddy Piper at WrestleMania XII.
Still, Dustin said there’s one moment that could top them all, and he’s still hoping it will happen.
“He’s the only one left in the business that I would like to have a singles match with at WrestleMania. Period. Nowhere else,” Dustin said. “I just want to work with my brother.”
But, for now, Dustin said he’s all too happy to keep busy on smaller independent shows, like the one on which he’ll appear Friday night. After years of performing in front of huge arena crowds for WWE and WCW, Dustin said he appreciates the intimacy of promotions like FTW.
“It’s more of a personal level, where I can sit down and chat with the fans and thank them for their support and coming out. They appreciate that, because fans want to be part of something,” Dustin said. “This is the least that I can do to give back to them for all the years they supported me.”
Those included some particularly difficult years, said Dustin, who is open about his years of drug addiction and the damage it did to his life. Today, Dustin has five years of sobriety under his belt, which is wrapped around a considerably slimmer waistline than he’s head for years. At 238 pounds—down from his peak of 300—Dustin said he’s in the best shape of his life and hitting the gym twice a day.
Dustin said he’d be open to a WWE return, but understands if the company is in no rush to bring him back.
“I made my bed and I’ve got to lay in it,” Dustin said. “It took me a long time to get my life screwed up, and it’s going to take a long time to get it back.”
Now away from WWE, Dustin has been able to pursue another career goal—acting. He spoke from the set of the independent film “The Murders of Brandywine Theater,” in which he plays a police officer.
“Hopefully this opens some doors and I can start entertaining people without gold and black paint,” Dustin said.
But that paint isn’t the weirdest thing sported on the face of a Rhodes boy. That distinction would have to his brother Cody’s new moustache.
“Oh God,” Dustin said about his brother’s so-called “love-stache.”
“When I first saw it, I was like, ‘What the hell?’ I texted him . . . I was like, ‘What the [expletive] is on your lip?’ He looks like a ’70s porn star,” Dustin said. “He doesn’t look like a model. He looks like he just hit puberty.”