Dustin Rhodes, known to WWE fans as Goldust, said goodbye to his iconic character today in a series of emotional Instagram and Twitter posts.
Rumors have swirled for months whether or not Goldust was going to stay with the company after recovering from injury and being taken off television, especially with his brother Cody starting his own promotion, All Elite Wrestling. It appears as if speculation was right (even if Dustin vehemently denied it last month), and he will be appearing at AEW’s next show, Double or Nothing, to face off against Cody.
AEW announced the matchup via Cody’s Nightmare Family YouTube channel in the form of a Dustin Rhodes promo, going into his history in WWE and with his brother, even talking about the Stardust gimmick:
And a day after that video was released, Dustin officially said goodbye to the character that has become synonymous with him for the past 30 years, Goldust.
Moments later, he released a heartfelt goodbye to the WWE Universe:
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) April 21, 2019
Hello @wweuniverse. To begin, I want to say just how much I appreciate you allowing me to entertain you over these long and winding years. Being the son of the legendary Dream has been and will always be an immense honor and blessing to me, and I have always done my best to fill his shoes while transitioning into my own. I have had so many ups and downs in our great business and I’ve learned from every time that I have fallen down and every mistake I have made.
My life has been an open book for you fans and friends all over this wide world. You’ve been there to see my trials and tribulations and have stuck with me through it all. You’ve hated me, you’ve loved me, you’ve laughed with me and you’ve cried with me. You’ve immensely enjoyed my antics and entertainment, and I would like to think that I’ve done a good job. That I’ve done my father proud. I was born straight into the thick of this business. It is and has always been my life and I have loved every moment of the ride. I want to thank you all for the unwavering support you have given me. Thank you.
With that being said, I’ve been putting my body through quite a bit these last 30 years, and many opportunities that have been presented to me have taken a backseat to my love of wrestling. I have requested my release from WWE and it has been granted. I am taking this time to explore some of those opportunities. Life is too short to not take ALL the chance you feel driven to take, and I will give this next chapter my full focus and effort. I would appreciate your continued support as I turn this page in my life and go wherever this journey may lead me next.
@WWE has given me and my family such incredibly years and experiences and I have nothing but respect and warmth for everyone there. The roster is stacked with awe-inspiring talent who want the best and are breaking down all barriers to grab that coveted, elusive brass ring. To @WWE and to each and every one of my co workers, I love you, I appreciate you, and I thank you for loving and taking care of me for so long. Keep doing your thing and find you out there. Thank you so very much and God bless.
Remember and never forget the name of……#Goldust
Til next time…
We here at AiPT! with Dustin Rhodes the best of luck, and thank him for the decades of entertainment he gave us in the form of one of the most iconic characters in pro wrestling history.