Ever since his return, Goldust has looked better than he has in many years. His reward of tag team titles with his brother Cody Rhodes was well deserved and he is wrestling better than ever. According to prowrestling.com on Nov. 5, Dustin Rhodes claims that one of the main reasons is that he has been clean and sober for five-and-a-half-years.
Rhodes left the WWE and actually joined TNA Wrestling back in 2004 as “Lone Star” Dustin Rhodes and then again in 2007 as Black Reign, a different take on Goldust where he painted himself completely black and portrayed a man with a split personality.
While fans remember that strange and failed gimmick, what Rhodes remembered was his increasing drug and alcohol addiction. He said he was drinking up to a half gallon of vodka a day, around 60 to 70 pills as well as cocaine. He said he wasn’t in a good place and finally called his father and said he wanted to go to the WWE rehab center.
He said that was all it took, was finally realizing he was killing himself, and he has now clean and sober. It shows in his size and movements in the ring. Goldust is 44 but he says that right now he weighs what he did in high school (225) and has worked hard to get back to peak conditioning.
It’s been rewarded with the world tag team title win alongside his brother Cody Rhodes and the future looks pretty bright for the WWE superstar.