Getting over in the mid-card
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Re: Goldust Appreciation Thread ...
Goldust was a great original character and he pushed a lot of boundaries when he began his push in early 1996. I've always seen mid 1996 through to mid 1997 as a years transitional period from The New Generation Era through to The Attitude Era and whilst Goldust may not have played as HUGE a part as Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mankind and Kane in ushering in that era he played a good part all the same.
I don't think Goldust was anywhere near as good in 1997 as he was in 1996 and that was down to me not being able to buy into his character as a babyface as i always saw that character as such a natural heel. I enjoyed his feuds with Razor Ramon, The Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior and Rowdy Roddy Piper but i just couldn't really get into his feuds with Triple H and Brian Pillman because his wasn't a character you could really get behind and accept as a babyface in my opinion.
In 1996 i definitely would have bought into him main eventing PPV's with Shawn Michaels as he was probably at one point the top heel in the company and his Intercontinental title run saw him get a lot of tv and PPV time allocated to him. Dustin Rhodes himself has always been a good in ring worker and i always liked him whilst watching WCW from the early 90's through to early 1995 and he always seemed to be on WCW Worldwide every Saturday afternoon so i saw a lot of him. I don't think he was WWE/World champion material but he could have worked at the top of the card and i'd like to see him have a farewell match at WrestleMania in the future.