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WWE: 2013 Was the Best Year Thus Far in the Career of Goldust
By Tom Clark|
December 31, 2013
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When WWE fans are asked what the biggest story of 2013 was, the majority of them will likely say Daniel Bryan's main event run against The Authority. Truth be told it's very difficult to argue against this one, as Bryan blossomed in 2013 as a top performer, a guy who can get it done on a very high level every time he's in the ring. I would say that you would be hard pressed to find anyone that disagreed with that sentiment.
But for me, the return of Goldust is a very close number two. In fact, it was almost too close to call.
In this day and age of former Superstars retuning to the ring, it is rare to find someone with the pedigree and career that Dustin Rhodes already has, coming back to the fold. It is even rarer to see a veteran talent come back and look 20 years younger every time he steps through the ropes.
But that is exactly what Goldust did. And he is still doing it.
It was likely a shock for many fans when Dustin began expertly working matches again on TV. This is not because fans believed he had lost it, but the fact is that ring rust is always a very real possibility and many of the WWE faithful were likely looking for it from day one.
However, they never saw it. Goldust looked better than he had in years. He looked so good that it seemed as though he had never left.
This is perhaps the most surprising part of Dustin's return to the ring. After all, the WWE of 2013 is a far cry from that of the Attitude Era's WWE. The themes have changed, the rating has changed, and the product is marketed more toward the younger audience than ever before.
Sexual innuendo, risque behavior and coarse language have all been toned down quite dramatically, almost to the point of being nonexistent. So when a character like Goldust is reintroduced to a whole new generation of fans that may have never seen him wrestle, the character could have failed miserably.
But Dustin was able to take Goldust and reinvent him for the modern age. The bizarre behavior and lewd morals of the character are simply not needed now. Goldust fits perfectly in today's WWE and he got over in spite of what made the character work in the first place.
Goldust got over because he is just so good in the ring. It's that simple.
Sitting back and watching Dustin perform is like watching a man that has found the fountain of youth. His move-set is flawless, his spots are seamless. Everything he does just clicks together in perfect harmony. He puts on a clinic when the bell rings and when he's in the ring; it is truly difficult to separate him from the men around him that are half his age.
Goldust just makes it look so easy. He's also making it look fun.
It's hard to comprehend just how much 2013 has meant to not only Dustin, but to his brother Cody as well. This was the year that they finally had the opportunity to work together and they took full advantage of it. When The Rhodes Brothers hit the ramp, it's like watching a team that has tagged together for years just going to work.
The truth is that 2013 was meant to happen for Dustin and Cody Rhodes. They owned that year like very few tag teams have owned any year in WWE history. Not since the Hardy Boyz in 2000 has a duo so successfully ran the tag team division the way that The Rhodes boys did in 2013.
And much like the Hardys, Dustin and Cody opened the doors for other teams to get involved and by the end of the year; the talk among WWE fans no longer included any complaints about the pathetic state of the tag team division. This was thanks in very large part to The Brotherhood of Goldust and Cody Rhodes.
A great number of fans believe that Dustin will eventually turn on Cody, setting up a match at WrestleMania 30. While I cannot argue that this would cap off a great run for them, the truth is that 2013 will always stand out for me as the best year in the career of Dustin Rhodes.
And I for one do not want to see that end. The truth is it's just too much fun to stop now.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Contributor for Whatculture.com and a Contributor for the Camel Clutch Blog