The best days for Goldust are still to come.
That's right, at 44 years of age, Goldust will reach a new height in his career. WrestleMania is the grandest stage a wrestler can have, but it hasn't been grand for him.
Goldust had one memorable WrestleMania moment in his career, when he was involved with Rowdy Roddy Piper in a brawl at WrestleMania 12 in 1996. It was a hardcore brawl outside, which then erupted into a car chase where WWE parodied the famous O.J. Simpson footage of a white vehicle speeding down the highway. It ended in the ring with Piper beating up Goldust and stripping him down.
This was memorable because it was unique and bizarre, just like the Goldust character. But it wasn't great or what he deserves.
He's never had the opportunity to have a WrestleMania experience to be truly proud of. An experience that equals the true talent Dustin “Goldust” Rhodes possesses.
A terrific main event on the most recent edition of Raw saw Goldust and brother Cody Rhodes win the Tag titles from The Shield. It's been a dominant run for The Shield as champions, and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns dropping the titles was given the proper attention. The match was fantastic, with main event-caliber performances by all involved.
The only way this can go is, eventually, Goldust and Cody drop the titles after a successful run. Once they drop the titles, confrontation will lead to a WrestleMania XXX match between the brothers.
It will be the best match Goldust has ever had at a WrestleMania on all levels. It will be the best action from start to finish. It will involve a personal and emotional story leading up to the match.
It will feature the best possible opponent at the given time for Goldust. Look at his WrestleMania history. It wasn't really an official match against Piper, but it was on the back end of Piper's in-ring career and was for shock value. A young Triple H faced off against Goldust at WrestleMania 13, but certainly Hunter Hearst Helmsley wasn't anywhere near the peak of his in-ring abilities yet.
Marc Mero and Maven are also on the mediocre list of WrestleMania opponents for Goldust, not to mention being part of a dark-match Battle Royal with guys like Funaki at WrestleMania 26.
When you stop and think about how Goldust hasn't gotten a quality WrestleMania moment, it's both sad and exciting. Sad because he's been around for so long and we've seen better moments from lesser men. Exciting because his career isn't over and the perfect booking opportunity is available with his brother.
Goldust has never won a WrestleMania match, and he doesn't need to win. He just needs the right moment.