Dustin Rhodes, the older brother of Cody Rhodes, has been wrestling in the WWE on-and-off since the 1990’s. He has had several WCW bouts in between and had a stint in TNA. He has held the Intercontinental Championships three times, the Hardcore Championship nine times and the World Tag Team Championship on one occasion. However, he is often seen as a jobber or as a joke. His character, Goldust, has mostly lived at the bottom of the roster.
Dustin injured his shoulder in December and has been sidelined ever since so he can recover. He has since started working backstage as a producer at WWE events while recovering from his injury.
His younger half-brother debuted in WWE in 2007 in a backstage segment with their father Dustin Rhodes and Randy Orton. Cody had a short feud with Orton, then went on to win the World Tag Team Championship with Hardcore Holly; however, at the PPV Night Of Champions, he turned his back on Hardcore Holly by revealing himself to be Ted DiBiase's mystery tag team partner, thus leading to the beginning of the stable legacy. (Though the concept of Cody defeating himself and Hardcore Holly with Ted for the tag team championship still seems a little odd to me!)
Orton eventually became the leader of the group until they disbanded in 2010. Cody was then drafted to SmackDown shortly afterwards and has since gone on to win the Intercontinental Championship.
Cody may only be at the start of his career in WWE, but it already looks as if he is going to have a very different career from his older brother. Why do I think it will be so different? Because I think he will outshine his brother, and here are 15 reasons why.
Dustin’s face paint just doesn’t quite work anymore, but that’s just me.
A wrestler wearing a wig? The only other time a wrestler wears a wig is when they are being mocked for just losing their hair in a match.
Dustin’s outfit is from a different decade, and it should be left there.
As vain as it sounds, and as much as I hate that appearance affects a wrestler's career, Cody has the physical look and the muscles that main-eventers tend to have.
Dustin’s character isn’t relate-able anymore; it has become stale.
Cody gets a reaction from the crowd. Enough said!
Cody is only 26, whereas his brother is 42. Goldust's body is past its prime, whereas Cody is at his.
The fans can understand Cody’s character, whereas Goldust seems outdated.
Cody’s character has progressed since coming to WWE and still has room to do so, whereas Goldust's character has reached its peak and gone past it.
Recently, Goldust's character has just been treated as a joke, whereas Cody is taken more seriously.
Dustin cares more about getting other guys over rather than earning belts, and that doesn’t always work in wrestler's favours.
They prefer Cody’s character and seem to do more with it.
Dustin has had stints in several other companies, whereas Cody has only worked for WWE and its development program.
Cody can hold his ground in the ring.
As cliché as it sounds, Cody has the "it" factor.