We’re counting down to the Royal Rumble: a variation of the traditional Battle Royal match, with a total of 30 competitors. Two WWE Superstars start in the ring, every 90 seconds thereafter another Superstar enters. A Superstar is eliminated when they’re thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. The last remaining Superstar is guaranteed a championship opportunity at WrestleMania versus the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
WWE Superstar: Golddust
Height: 6′ 6”
Weight: 232 lbs.
From: Hollywood, CA
Championships Reigns: Intercontinental Champion (x3), United States Champion (x2), WWE Tag Team Champion, World Tag Team Champion, WCW Tag Team Champion (x2)
This could be the final run for Goldust (Dustin Rhodes). A pioneer of WWE’s much lauded Attitude Era, the reinvigorated “Bizarre One” is in the best mental and physical shape of his life. An elite Superstar in his senior in-ring years, winning the Royal Rumble match could precursor an exclamation to an already assumed Hall of Fame career.
Imagine Goldust as the #1 contender at WrestleMania XXX, the shadow of his legendary Hall of Fame father, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, looming over him, with a gigantic monkey clung securely to his back. One of the most recognizable Superstars in WWE history, Goldust never held a major championship. Winning the WWE World Heavyweight title on the grandest stage of them all would silence critics, naysayers, and all the voices in his head!
What do you think?
Royal Rumble Winners: Jim Duggan (1988), Big John Studd (’89), Hulk Hogan (’90, ’91), Ric Flair (’92), Yokozuna (’93), Bret Hart/Lex Luger (’94), Shawn Michaels (’95, ’96), Steve Austin (’97, ’98), Mr. McMahon (’99), The Rock (2000), Steve Austin (’01), Triple H (’02), Brock Lesnar (’03), Chris Benoit (’04), Batista (’05), Rey Mysterio (’06), The Undertaker (’07), John Cena (’08), Randy Orton (’09), Edge (’10), Alberto Del Rio (’11), Sheamus (’12), John Cena (’13)
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