Title: Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness
Author: Dustin Rhodes
Publisher: World Wrestling Entertainment
Publication Date: December 2010
Rating: 5 Stars
I wasn’t around when Goldust showed up in the 90’s as I didn’t have cable and couldn’t follow wrestling but I have always had a soft spot for the flamboyant wrestler covered in gold face paint. I admired the character’s affinity for mind games both in ring and out but I didn’t know much about him beyond what I had seen as a fan. Back then I wasn’t as big of a fan of wrestling as I am now.
Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness is a no-holds-barred account of Dustin Rhodes, son of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. He talks about growing up and how much he missed his dad. How it led to him throwing away a football scholarship to follow in his father’s footsteps. He talks about how big of a struggle it was to get out of his father’s shadow and get his career going based on his work and not his name. Dustin’s path was truly a dark one with demons of addiction lurking at every corner.
Nothing is left out here. The release from WCW for blading, the creation of the Goldust character, the reason Razor Ramon asked for his release, even that first match with Savio Vega, it’s all here. He even goes on to talk about how watching the new guys, including his bother Cody has reminded him of why he loves being a wrestler. This is a look at Goldust that you could never get just watching wrestling shows. I highly recommend it.