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Click here for the first part of the interview, where Runnels discussed his first run with the WWF, leaving WWF shortly after debuting, being given the Goldust gimmick, if GTV was meant for him, being in WCW when it folded, overcoming his addictions and much more. You can follow Runnels on Twitter @DUSTIN_RHODES1, and you can purchase his book Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness at this link.
WrestlingINC: You and Cody [Rhodes] have both been talking about wanting to do a match. It's obviously something you both would really want. Was that something talked about backstage with the writers or anything like that?
Dustin Runnels: Yeah. WrestleMania 28, I was really pushing it for it that whole year. My shoulder was ready but the writers were like, 'Ahh, his shoulder's not ready.' So, I think they convinced Vince. But, it was actually brought to the table in the meeting because Cody didn't have an opponent about a month and a half out of WrestleMania 28.
It was brought to the table and Vince just said no. What can you do? You can argue it or whatever, but that wasn't the direction they were going with Cody and I understood that. I tried it again this year via Twitter, but I got let go and stuff like that. Can't really do anything when you're not an employee of the company or under contract.
Goldust has a great name and I think we built some interest up especially after the Rumble and the reaction I got at the Rumble. People just ate that s--t up. I thought that might lead to a WrestleMania 29 match. But, it didn't.
WrestlingINC: Did they ever say anything to you after the Rumble? You did get that huge ovation and you and Cody -- the fans were genuinely interested when you two went at it.
Runnels: You know, I just ran into Roddy Piper this weekend and we did a Piper's Pit at an independent show that we did. This was the first time I had been in the ring with Roddy since WrestleMania 12. I still marked out like crazy, like, 'Holy s--t. I'm in here with Hot Rod again.'
The Royal Rumble this year topped WrestleMania 12 for me as a moment. The Royal Rumble was not WrestleMania, but it was a WrestleMania moment for me. Like WrestleMania 12 with Roddy Piper was probably my greatest accomplishment in the business. I hadn't been wrestling there for a couple years in WWE. I didn't know what kind of reaction -- because you get new fans every single day, new kids, and they don't know Goldust unless their parents tell them. What kind of reaction are you going to get, Dustin? You're a surprise.
I was very nervous, I'm always nervous before I go out of that curtain. Then, as soon as that music hits and I walk through that curtain, it goes away. And it has ever since I've been in the business. It's gone. But, it's backstage, I mean, I probably was the most nervous I've ever been in the business.
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