Goldust Talks About Wanting To Wrestle Cody At WrestleMania, Original Thoughts On The Goldust Gimmick

Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of The Score Television Network and the Baltimore Sun has published a 40 minute phone interview with former WWE Superstar Goldust.

In this career retrospective interview, Goldust talks about everything from his early days as The Natural in WCW to his most recent tenure in WWE and his attempts to secure a Wrestlemania match with his brother Cody Rhodes. Highlights of the conversation include discussing the beginnings of the Goldust concept and how he didn’t actually know what he was signing up for when he was pitched the “androgynous” character, creating the stuttering gimmick with Booker T based on a backstage rib, and revealing that he came up with all his own outrageous costumes including his undergarments at Wrestlemania 12. Finally Dustin also expresses his gratitude for how much the WWE Wellness Program helped turn his life around.

Here are some highlights, followed by the full interview:

Talking about how far the idea of “Cody Rhodes vs Goldust” at WrestleMania went, and Vince McMahon’s reaction:

“It was discussed several times. I took it to Vince’s attention many times and this was like months before and almost a year before things like that. Each time he was like no, second time no not going to do that, third time no, not yet, he left that open for me with not yet, it gave me a little hope.”

His early days in WCW and WWF as “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes

“You know me and Steve Austin had some knock down drag out matches in the ring and a lot of blood was spilled things like that, we had some great matches. I think probably the feud I had with him was marked my favorite.”

Initially being uncomfortable with the Goldust:

“As far as the work it took me about 6 months of Vince saying I’m going to stand behind you and no matter what. I don’t want you to get head strong, if you’re stressed out just give me a call if you need to talk, and I did on several occasions. I really got no direction on how to be more androgynous and I was just learning how to be a heel.”

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  • Peter Milano Whosoever

    he really made that character, not sure many men would of been comfortable and also professional in doing so!

  • Reality

    After all these years, I still think that the Goldust character had the most potential (the hollywood thing wasn’t great tho). Too bad things went the way they did, to the point that we won’t see Cody vs Goldust

  • Jeremy-County Roberts

    I remember when I had the goldust action figure as a kid. My dog ate his wig :|

  • Indie wrestling is for losers

    golddust vs cody would be an undercard at 3rd tier ppv, not a wm match

    Stop trying to hitch your ride towards Cody’s wagon Dustin.

  • Kris Mystery

    He totally made that character his. It’s one of those characters you will never forget. And in that case kudo’s to you Dustin… job well done.

  • Hershey Maxwell Barber

    Billed in the right way, they could make it a good opener for a WM match. Heated and just nasty.

    Be better than just a match between Rhodes and Antonio or something we have already seen a million times, with little or no build.