Dustin Patrick Runnels is a legendary wrestler who is famous for his ring name as Goldust. He is an American professional wrestler, also known for his multiple tenures with WWE from 1995 to 2019. Goldust is an enigmatic, flamboyant, sexually ambiguous character of WWE who is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling.
|Full Name||Dustin Patrick Runnels|
|Date of Birth||April 11, 1969|
|Marital Status||Married with Ta rel Roche|
|Birthplace||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Net Worth||Estimated around $1 Million|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Weight||232 lb (105 Kg)|
Early Life and Childhood
Born on April 11, 1969, Goldust spent his childhood in his homeland Austin, Texas, United States of America. His mother’s name is Sandra Runnels and father, Dusty Rhodes, who was also a professional wrestler and known as WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes.
Goldust’s father died in 2015 a few years after being WWE Hall of Fame. His half-brother, Cody Rhodes, is also a professional wrestler known as Stardust.
Age, Height, Weight, and Net Worth of Goldust
The legendary WWE wrestler Goldust is now 50 years old and still working as a wrestler in All Elite Wrestling, where he even coaches other newbie wrestlers. Goldust has an impressive height of 6 feet and 6 inches and possesses a bodyweight of 105 kg, which is 232 pounds.
As of 2019, the total estimated net worth of WWE superstar Goldust is over $1 Million, where his annual salary from WWE is $400,000.
Professional Wrestling Career
Goldust began his life’s first professional wrestling debut on September 13, 1988, as Dustin Rhodes, where he wrestled against Bob Cook and won his debut match. His first match was for the Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) promotion.
Runnels then got his World Championship Wrestling (WCW) debut in an undercard tag team match with Kendall Windham against the cruel connection. They got a triumphant victory against them and got defeated against “The Original Midnight Express” at a house show.
Runnels traveled Japan for All Japan Pro Wrestling under the name Dusty Rhodes Jr. Goldust then wrestles in United States Wrestling Association (USWA), where he feuded with Tony Anthony for CWA Heavyweight Championship but was never successful in winning the belt. So then he left the USWA in 1990.
Goldust joined WCW, forming a tag team with Barry Windham, then began to pursuing WCW Tag Team Champions. Before the match, his partner got injured, which is why Ricky Steamboat became his Tag Team partner. They were able to defeat WCW Tag Team Champions and became the Champions themselves. They lost the title to Arn Anderson and fellow Dangerous Alliance on January 16, 1992.
World Wrestling Federation (WWF)
Runnels returns to WWF in August 1995 as a negative character, where he was named “The Bizarre One” due to his mysterious behavior. Runnels uses his mind games to distract his opponents and win the match. Goldust began to wear his trademark custom of the golden-colored jumpsuit and golden face paint.
Goldust won his first singles title of Intercontinental Championship against Ramon by the interference from 1-2-3 Kid. He defended his title against Savio Vega and The Ultimate Warrior before losing to Ahmed Johnson. Goldust has a shot at winning WWF Championship against Shawn Michaels but lost the match on Ladder match.
Goldust returned WCW in January 2001, assisting his father against Jarrett and especially with Ric Flair. In March, WCW became WWF neglecting to acquire Runnel’s contract.
Runnel feud with Rob Van Dam by attacking him on Raw. Van Dam then defeated him in No Way Outmatch. He then moved to hardcore division and won Hardcore Championship on nine occasions.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
When the WWF was renamed as WWE, and the main roaster was divided into Raw and SmackDown, Goldust was assigned to Raw, where he formed a tag team with Booker T. Goldust, and Booker T won the World Tag Team Championship at Armageddon on Raw.
On the honoring of the 800th episode of Raw, Goldust appeared by dancing alongside his father, Dusty Rhodes, and other wrestlers. Runnels frequently participated in the Royal Rumble match, where he once eliminated his half-brother Cody Rhodes. On January 27, 2013, at another Royal Rumble match, Goldust was eliminated by Cody Rhodes, teasing a possible feud.
When Cody Rhodes got fired by Triple H and lost his WWE Championship title to Randy Orton, Goldust came and faced Orton for the title but got defeated. After that, Goldust’s father, Dusty Rhodes, returned in WWE to ask Stephanie for rehiring Cody Rhodes. His father was knocked down by Big Show in return both of Rhodes got their jobs back and teamed up as a Tag team partner and started to defeat everyone on their way.
Personal Life of Goldust
Goldust is a second-generation WWE superstar after his father, Dusty Rhodes, who passed away in 2015 after the achievement of WWE Hall of Fame. Goldust is married to Terri Runnels in 1993, who served as a manager in WWE.
This sweet couple has a daughter named Dakota Avery. Goldust and Terri got separated in 1999, then Goldust married Milena Martelloni in 2002. Again the couple got divorced, and Goldust was currently married to Ta rel Roche in 2012.
Championships and Accomplishments
American Combat Wrestling
- ACW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Mike Graham
Coastal Championship Wrestling
- CCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- The comeback of the Year (2013)
- Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (1991)
- Goldust was Ranked No.11 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1996
- He was again Ranked No. 126 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling
- TCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
World Championship Wrestling
- WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- WCW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Ricky Steamboat and Barry Windham
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Barry Windham
- Goldust won WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championship with Big Josh and Tom Zenk
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
- WWF Hardcore Championship (9 times)
- WWF Intercontinental Championship (3 times)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Cody Rhodes/Stardust
- World Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Booker T
- Slammy Award (4 times)
- Best Couple (1997) with Mariena
- Frequent Tweeter (2010)
- Tag Team of the Year (2013) with Cody Rhodes
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Most Embarrassing Wrestler (1997)
- Most Improved (1991)
- Goldust was announced as the Worst Gimmick (1997)
- Rookie of the Year (1989)
- Worst Gimmick (1995) as Goldust
- Worst Gimmick (2007) as Black Reign
Social Media Presence of Goldust
Facebook: 16 K followers
Twitter: 670.1 K followers
Instagram: 313 K followers