YMMV / Goldust

  • Awesome Music: Comes with the territory of being a pro wrestler
  • Badass Decay: Transformed from an uber-creepy tank in 1995 to kid-friendly comic relief in 2002.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: As The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: For newer fans, it might seem unfathomable that clean-cut straight arrow babyface Dustin Rhodes from WCW is the same guy.
    • Watching a WCW match in the early 90's with Dustin, with the commentators heavily referencing his youth and inexperience would be kind of funny when compared to the fact that he's now considered a Wrestling Oldie.
  • Ham and Cheese: Like his dad and brother.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Black Reign in his debut match over Chris Harris, even after his pet mouse got involved.
  • Screwed by WWE: The alleged reason for his firing in 2012. He called a spot where Darren Young and Titus O'Neil would perform a tag move on Yoshi Tatsu. The pair botched the move and dropped Yoshi Tatsu on his head. While Yoshi was not seriously injured, WWE allegedly placed the blame for this botch entirely on Goldust and fired him.
  • Vindicated by History: The Goldust gimmick won The Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Worst Gimmick" award when it debuted in 1995 and again when it became The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust in 1997. Over 20 years on, Dustin Runnels is still playing it.