Iâ€™ve been having a hard time getting psyched up to purchase WWE dvdâ€™s lately. Part of it of course is my aching wallet and bank account, but the other part is that while a lot of them have sounded good on paper, I just havenâ€™t been all that interested in the final product. The Chris Jericho dvd was naturally a sure thing purchase (as will be the Bobby Heenan dvd), and while at some point Iâ€™ll get the Ricky Steamboat dvd, everything else theyâ€™ve put out in the past year or so hasnâ€™t really snagged my interest.
Part of this is that past releases have set such a high bar in terms of documentary and match quality. A big selling point of purchasing the dvds for me is the documentary, and a lot of the recent ones I found to be either lacking or towing the company line too much for me to find them honest (or at least as honest you can get in a WWE dvd). And in many other cases, the matches advertised do nothing for me. The High Flyers dvd match list, for example, to me reads like a missed opportunity, and while the rumors of a Best of Monday Nitro set pique my interest, I would wager that will end up the same way, with many matches weâ€™ve gotten on sets before, and matches that no one was really clamoring to see again. But hey, I donâ€™t have to buy them, and Iâ€™m sure for someone else out even the weaker sets are a joy. Still, a couple weeks ago, I heard about an upcoming dvd that does in fact snag my interest: according to the Wrestling Observer (and going past that, to a tweet from Goldust himself in August), the WWE is doing a dvd on Goldust. I think thatâ€™s awesome.
I know a lot of people are mildly mind boggled by this. After all, Goldust has been the very definition of a mid-carder for his entire career. Even as Dustin Rhodes, he never rose above a certain level, and he was often slapped with a beneficiary of nepotism label that really was never fair. And as with any long career, there were peaks and valleys. But on the whole, we are talking about a guy who has been consistently entertaining for over two decades. A performer who certainly has enough matches and moments to fill a couple dvd discs, and thatâ€™s without even touching on the possibilities for a documentary feature that come from having had such an interesting career and personal life.
As a bigger fan of the documentary features than the matches (not that I donâ€™t love the matches, though even I will admit that in this case, Dustinâ€™s best were when he was wrestling AS Dustin Rhodes and working with the likes of Arn Anderson and Steve Austin in WCW), that would be the real selling point of a Goldust dvd for me. The well-known tumultuous relationship with his father the American Dream Dusty Rhodes was barely touched on in the Dreamâ€™s own dvd, and since one has to assume that relationship is a major part of Goldustâ€™s upcoming autobiography, itâ€™s a natural tie in that would create a story arc for a large chunk of a documentary feature. Add in the fact that Goldust is one of the few members left on the active WWE rosters with a career that stems back into the active days of WCW, and you have a dvd that could actually hold my interest for its running time. One of the reasons I donâ€™t get all fired up over the possibilities for things like a Randy Orton or Seamus dvd is because pretty much from day one, these are guys who have been in the arms of the WWE. Thereâ€™s really not much of a rich historical wrestling back story there.
The character of Goldust by its very nature lends itself to a dvd. A Hollywood obsessed superstar getting his due on film without a doubt opens the door for creative pre-match and dvd menu introductions. And as his younger brother and current WWE superstar Cody Rhodes said during their fatherâ€™s introduction into the WWE Hall of Fame (and believe me, I wish I could find the exact quote right now), but Goldust helped make the Attitude era in the WWE possible, as his was arguably the first â€œadultâ€ gimmick in an era of childrenâ€™s cartoons and wrestling garbage men. In fact, given that the likes of Koko B Ware are in the WWE Hall of Fame, I think Goldust himself deserves a spot someday. Maybe not in the A wing, but a prime spot in the B wing, if you will.
One with a golden spotlight.
Tags: Cody Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes, DVD, goldust, Raw, WWE, wwe hall of fame