WWE shocked us all last night with the debut of “Stardust.” Stardust is basically Cody Rhodes in Goldust paint. He came to the ring in a similar fashion,and did similar moves to Goldust with a mix of Rhodes still in there. This was actually kind of funny as no one really thought it would happen. It was rumored that Tyler Breeze would be the new partner for Goldust this week, after losing with a few random people the last number of weeks.
Either way, most knew that the losing angle would end with whomever tagged with Goldust regardless.
A lot of people have been wanting to see a new character for Rhodes, as he has played two great ones since his early years in the WWE. Playing himself is good and all, but Rhodes is certainly a performer who can play a gimmick to it’s fullest. Whether it’s being a vain man having to look at himself in the mirror every 5 minutes or simply having a mustache and thinking it’s the end all, be all….Rhodes is showing that he can do it all.
Many think he is worthy of a World Title, and he has shown sparks of greatness. Last night, many saw the Rhodes they loved. While it was playing an out of the box character, it was still fun and entertaining enough to show why people love Cody so much. Goldust was a wonderful performer in the 90s. His gimmick was able to keep him alive for a long time, and many thought he was World Title material then. While he did hold the Intercontinental Championship a few times, he never got a shot at holding the ultimate gold.
Goldust returned a year ago and has looked fantastic. He is in better shape than he has been in years, and the WWE took notice. He was only supposed to be around through WrestleMania 30, but was offered an extension to his deal due to the terrific work he has been doing. This only helped Cody, as he was kind of falling off the radar. The brother formed “The Brotherhood” and were able to perform really well together, having 5 star quality matches against The Shield among others.
Goldust has been doing a great job, but he has to retire at some point. Could Stardust simply be the replacement for Goldust? A lot of people forget how big Goldust was in the 90s. He was worthy of the main event, but so many major stars like Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Triple H, and others were all there main eventing. So Goldust, despite how good he was, happened to be a crowded field.
Today a gimmick like his could work, and with a guy like Cody….it could do really well. It’s different enough and holds enough Attitude Era nostalgia that people young and old can enjoy it. We will have to see what the WWE ends up doing with Stardust.
Currently, we know that Cody has changed all of his social media to the name Stardust and seems to be staying in character with all WWE events. So it looks as if the Stardust gimmick is here to stay for some time. The name actually came from Dusty Rhodes, who gave Cody the nickname when he was younger. So it seems like WWE picked a lot of Rhodes material out of the closet for this one.
IMG Credit: WWE.com