Dustin Runnells says he is happy working the independent circuit, but he adds he would not mind one more shot in WWE.
In a recent interview with Newsday in New York, the wrestler known as “Goldust” says he understands that WWE might be a little hesitant about giving him that shot because of his history of drug abuse and addiction. But he adds that he has been clean for five years now, and he knows he would have to earn that shot:
I made my bed and I’ve got to lay in it. It took me a long time to get my life screwed up, and it’s going to take a long time to get it back.
At 43 years old, Runnells tells Newsday he is in the best shape of his life both health-wise and wrestling-wise. He says he enjoys the indie circuit because that allows more interaction with the fans and gives him the opportunity to thank all the fans who helped him reach stratospheric levels as Goldust.
According to the interview, Runnells says his appearance in January’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view—where he squared off with little brother Cody Rhodes—has been the highlight of his wrestling career, eclipsing the “Backlot Brawl” he had with Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 12. He reiterates hope that WWE will allow him the chance to face Rhodes at the upcoming WrestleMania 29 in East Rutherford, N.J.
In the interview, Runnells reiterates an earlier stance that the main reason he would like to come back to WWE is to work with his brother. He claims Rhodes has everything it takes to become one of the greats in the business. He just needs to work on being more patient, but that is a trait common among all young stars:
Cody has seen the trials and tribulations within our family, with me especially, and how good can go to bad because of my own mistakes. Cody has just got the greatest head on his shoulders. I’m so proud of him. He’s a clean-cut kid. He doesn’t do drugs. He doesn’t drink. He trains hard. He’s intelligent. He can talk.
Just don’t get Runnells started on Rhodes’ mustache, which has gotten more than its share of attention from the WWE Universe. Runnells tells Newsday he wishes Rhodes would get rid of it, adding, “He doesn’t look like a model. He looks like he just hit puberty.”
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