Wrestling By The Numbers: Dustin ‘Goldust’ Runnels
World Wrestling Entertainment has released backstage road agent and producer Dustin ‘Goldust’ Runnels. The 43-year-old Austin Texas native was on his fifth run with the organization that has spanned over a combined 12-years. He first debuted in the WWE back in 1990 and spent a year with the company working alongside his father Dusty Rhodes. Runnels returned to the WWE in 1995 when he debuted and had his most successful run as the mysterious Goldust. He left the company again in 1999 only to return for a two year stint in 2001. He returned for his fourth stint in the company in 2005 before being released for no-showing an event after only one year. His most recent stint with the WWE had started back in 2008 and over the past 4-years has competed inside the ring and held positions backstage.
Dustin Runnels made his professional wrestling debut back in 1988 after having been trained by both his father Dusty Rhodes and Skandor Akbar. He has been a true journeyman wrestler making stops in almost all the major promotions during his career. Prior to first debuting in the WWE in 1990 he had stops in both All Japan Pro Wrestling and also Florida Championship Wrestling. He had two stints with World Championship Wrestling for a combined 6-years competing for the company. He has also had 2-stints with TNA Wrestling from 2004-2006 and from 2007-2008. In 2007 he also returned for the second time for a short stint with All Japan Pro Wrestling in the orient.
Below we look at the professional wrestling career of Dustin ‘Goldust’ Runnels by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 49 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 6 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Matches Managed on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 135 Matches ( 25th Most All-Time) on WWE Raw Supershow. (First Match: October 30th 1995 Vs Savio Vega Last Match: November 8th 2010 Vs Ted DiBiase)
* 16 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw Supershow.
* 5 Matches on WWE Smackdown Supershow.
* 35 Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 7 Main Event Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 2 Matches on WWE N.X.T.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE N.X.T.
* 4 Matches on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.
* 34 Matches on WWE Heat.
* 9 Main Event Matches on WWE Heat.
* 21 Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy / TNN.
* 5 Main Event Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy / TNN.
* 14 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Main Event Match on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 24 Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
* 3 Main Event Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
World Championship Wrestling / Jim Crockett Promotions:
* 37 Matches ( 16th Most All-Time ) on WCW Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 1991 Wrestle War Vs Buddy Landell Last Match: 2001 Greed With Dusty Rhodes Vs Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett)
* 7 Main Event Matches on WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 7 Matches on WCW Monday Nitro.
* 1 Main Event Matches on WCW Monday Nitro.
* 11 Matches on WCW Thunder.
* 6 Main Event Matches on WCW Thunder.
* 14 Matches (10th Most All-Time) on WCW / JCP Clash Of The Champions.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WCW / JCP Clash Of The Champions.