Who is the next WWE Champion?

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November 10, 2013

Goldust

Yes, Goldust.

Who cares if he’s 44 years old? Wrestling isn’t a young man’s game anymore. Wrestling is the best wrestler’s game. The face-painted alter ego of Dustin Rhodes is in better physical condition, a better in-ring competitor and a better master of the microphone than he was when he debuted 24 years ago.

His tag team matches with his brother, Cody Rhodes, steal every show they are on. With 20 championships in WCW and WWE to his credit, this territory-tested Attitude Era icon is more popular than he has ever been with the WWE Universe, and he always evokes “Goldust” chants.

The "Star Wars" Darth Maul-inspired war paint reflects a more experienced, more mature and much more serious Goldust than the androgynous Hollywood-hatched character that debuted in WWE 16 years ago. Goldust can beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship if given the opportunity. That may be a bold prediction, but one year ago, very few would have predicted that Daniel Bryan would ever beat The Viper.

Dustin Runnels, son of former 3-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Dusty Rhodes, was born and bred to follow in his father’s footsteps and be the “bull of the woods.” Goldust’s storybook comeback will end with the WWE Championship replacing the blond wig and ornate robe, completing the metamorphosis of a once-in-a-lifetime talent. — JOEY STYLES

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