WWE News: Watch the Match That Led to Goldust Release and Decide If It Was Fair

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2012

The release of Dustin "Goldust" Runnels from the WWE this past week came as a shock to many, who saw the long-time wrestler as an asset backstage as a producer and wrestler.

According to F4Wonline (via WrestlingInc.com), a specific match led to the release.

As noted before, Goldust was recently released by WWE after working as a producer for the SmackDown brand. Word came out that an undisclosed incident at the April 24th SmackDown tapings in Grand Rapids, Michigan led to his contract being terminated.
F4Wonline.com now reports that the belief is that Goldust was responsible for coming up with the spot on SmackDown where Yoshi Tatsu took a double-team powerbomb finisher from Darren Young and Titus O'Neil. Tatsu landed bad and the bump was said to look even worse live than it did on TV.
It is nothing new to see someone be released due to a botched move, but having the producer be released for it is surprising.

Each week, I do a recap list for Raw and SmackDown. However, during this show (Items 55-59) in particular, I did note how sloppy the move came off on television and suggested that O'Neil and Young drop it altogether.

That will almost definitely end up happening following this incident.

When someone is put on the main roster, it is expected that they know how to perform moves safely. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young have been in the WWE for a couple of years now, so they should have been OK.

While the move they performed is always dangerous no matter who is doing it, it seems surprising that the WWE would release the guy who set up the spot and not the ones who messed it up.

This is not necessarily the end for Goldust as Finlay was released for having Miz interrupt the National Anthem at a house show only to be rehired earlier this year. 

Watch the video above to see the move in question at the end of the match, and then decide for yourself if the right person was released for the botch.