As we know, Dustin Runnels, known to us as the son of "the American Dream" Dusty Rhodes and more famously Goldust, has been a massive name in pro wrestling for years.
He arguably has the best gimmick in wrestling history, only behind the Undertaker.
But he isn't immune to drug problems, like many wrestlers before him. Sadly, he went down that road while in TNA Wrestling years ago. Goldust reveals this all in his new book, "Cross Roads: Goldust, Out of The Darkness."
While there are other interesting stories in this book, his drug abuse is one thing that is heavily dived into by the former WWE Intercontinental Champion. Here are a few passages from his book about his drug issues:
"Eventually, and thanks to my dad, I started working for Total Nonstop Action for $1,000 a show. He was the boss, right under Dixie Carter. TNA wasn't doing too well at that point, but I had a job making okay money. I could drive home just about every night. All I was doing was what little I had to do in the ring, then hanging out spending my money on coke, pills and booze."
"I started making excuses for why I couldn't hang with Dakota. Subconsciously I probably knew I didn't want her around me or my girlfriend because the environment was so toxic. Despite the chaos, I showed up every night for work."
"I have no idea how I was able to stay on point with work at that time. One of my cardinal rules was never to drink before I worked a match. I wouldn't consider doing coke before a match either."
"I'd take painkillers, fine. I had been taking painkillers for so long that I had convinced myself I really need them. I was taking medicine because I worked in a tough business. That was the story I had cemented into my mind."
"But drugs have a way of altering everything, including the stories you tell yourself. Eventually, I started doing a little coke before matches while retaining my vow to never drink alcohol before I go into the ring, as if that was something to be proud of."
"Every morning, as soon as I pulled myself out of bed, I'd take three Vicodins or Lortabs just to get moving. I was sore and pretty banged up physically, but over time pain pills exaggerated rather than eliminated whatever pain I was feeling."
"It was a slow process for me to get into the day. I'd get that first rush from pills and then I'd get moving. I might do something around the house, or jump into my truck and drive to the river to work on this book."
"I was probably taking close to 40 pills a day at the end. I was so desperate that I actually bought pain pills from drug dealers because I would run out long before I could find another doctor to write a prescription."
"If I dropped a pill and it fell into the carpet, I would spend hours down on my hands and knees trying to find it. At the same time I was drinking so much that I'd wake up dizzy and unable to walk."
"Finally, after a three-day binge, I'd had enough. It was raining, I pulled myself up and walked right out the door. The rain was pouring down and I stumbled up a hill near this house where I knew I could get cell-phone reception."
"Somehow, I managed to call my dad. It was 4:30 in the morning. I was falling down the hill in the mud. Ta-rel (his girlfriend) was trying to hold me up. I was scared half to death. I managed to get into the house, soaking wet."
"I had found the bottom."
For Goldust, revealing such a massive thing that impacted his life so greatly took great courage. I saw Goldust when he was Black Reign in TNA years ago; he looked old and far from in shape. He wasn't always the Black Reign character, but for the last few years he was.
During this time, he mentioned how he took up to 40 pills a day! And being on his hands and knees just to get one pill obviously was a low point.
You could see how he looked at that point compared to the Goldust character we saw in the WWE. It seemed like two different people.
Obviously both were different gimmicks, but to be completely different people is bad, in my humble opinion.
Black Reign looked about 150 pounds heavier than the skinny-looking Goldust we saw in the WWE back in the '90s.
Runnels mentioned how he took up the WWE's offer for rehab to past performers, where he stayed for 30 days in a rehab clinic.
He has been drug and alcohol free since May 20, 2008.
Gotta be proud of the man. Once he came back to WWE, he looked far better. He completely lost the extra weight and just looked great to me. He is now in a great position within the WWE and could be around for a long time.
He's still not bad in the ring, which shows how in shape he is now compared to before.
If you ask me, this is a must-buy book. This is just some of what Runnels talks of in his book; he also writes about the WWE, more on the TNA, etc. If you're one of those people who knows a wrestling fan getting into town late because of the bad weather, I say go buy this book.
Or heck, get it for yourself, just because.
I recommend this for those who have had past drug abuse and those who just want to read and uplifting story.