Dustin Rhodes has officially announced his departure from WWE. The former WWE Superstar released a statement on Twitter, followed by a short video of him saying goodbye to the character he made famous in Vince McMahon’s company, Goldust.
Dustin revealed in the statement that he indeed requested his WWE release and got it, opening the door for him to move on with his life.
“I’ve been putting my body though 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 many opportunities. Life is too short to not take ALL the chances 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.”
One of Dustin’s first stops after his WWE journey is AEW, the company co-founded by his brother Cody. Dustin will face Cody at Double or Nothing, AEW’s first event, on May 25 in Las Vegas. That announcement came just one day before Dustin released his Twitter statement and said goodbye to the Goldust character.
Dustin is credited for breathing life into that gimmick, which could have failed when he first gave it to pro wrestling fans in 1995. Dustin used Goldust as a means to carve out his own niche in the business where his father, the legendary American Dream Dusty Rhodes, is one of the top stars of all time. Dustin more than succeed in his effort to create his own identity and he is now regarded as a WWE legend in his own right.
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) April 21, 2019