6. He Worked In WCW And TNA In Between Six WWE Stints
When you look at his career history, it's pretty amazing to see how many times he's been in and out of WWE in the last 24 years. He actually started his career in WWE (more on that later), then he went to WCW for a few years working as "The Natural" Dustin Rhodes as a guy that was known as the son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes. He was signed by WWE in 1995 as Goldust and he was very successful in the role until his release in 1999. By that point, his drug and alcohol addiction was really bad. It was affecting his in-ring performances, so WWE felt like they had to let him go. Dustin went back to WCW later in 1999 as the "Seven" character that was not very successful at all. That's putting it mildly. Once that didn't work he went back to the Dustin Rhodes and he was in WCW until the company was bought by WWE in March of 2001. He returned to WWE in early 2002 as the Goldust character, which led to a fun run with Booker T as a tag team and also the previously mentioned electrocution storyline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgg7KzO9v10 Throughout the mid-2000s he was working in indies, he appeared in TNA for a few stints (Black Reign was a terrible gimmick that didn't work) and even showed up in WWE from time to time, but it was obvious that he wasn't the same guy. His addictions really affected his performances. He re-surfaced in WWE in 2008. He recently tweeted about being sober for about six years now, so that's likely why WWE brought him back. It's great that he was able to turn his life around. In total, Goldust has had six different stints with WWE. He's in a good spot today after impressing people during his Raw match with Randy Orton last year, which led to a tag title run with his brother. Hopefully he can stay with WWE after he retires because it's where he belongs. Of course on WWE TV they really didn't acknowledge his runs in other companies. The only time his WCW stint was mentioned was after WWE bought them in 2001 and Vince McMahon made a comment about him, which we'll get to later. In WWE, they simply don't recognize any other wrestling companies, so according to them it's as if he's only a WWE guy.
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