After missing out on a shot at the Raw Tag Team Championship, WWE veteran Goldust snapped on his partner R-Truth on last week's episode of Monday Night Raw - and The Bizarre One says he's now going back to his roots to prove that he's more than just a comedy act.
Goldust spoke to Fox Sports Monday before Raw and opened up on what led him to turn on R-Truth, whether his old-school Goldust look could make a return, and Jinder Mahal becoming the WWE World Champion.
Fox Sports: After almost exactly a year together, what led you to attack R-Truth on Raw?
Goldust: “I think it stems from the week when we had the tag team turmoil match, and R-Truth fell short. When it really counted, that’s when we needed it. We hadn’t as a tag team had a title shot. We kept losing, and he lost that one opportunity for us. That just sent me over the edge, and I’d had enough. He’s holding me back. It’s time to get back to my roots.”
Fox Sports: What would you consider to be the high point for Golden Truth during your year together?
Goldust: “You know, we had a lot of fun early on doing the backstage thing. It was funny, it was entertaining… and then somewhere along the way, R-Truth was trying to oversee everything instead of letting things organically fit together for us as a team. He stopped communicating with me about the way things were done. He saw it one way, he wanted to do it his way.
And his way… to me, when you’ve been in the business for as long as I have, wasn’t the right way. I’ve done that, I know exactly what to do. In a sense, he was holding me back.”
Fox Sports: When you attacked R-Truth, the fans in Newark chanted “thank you Goldust.” What was your reaction to that?
Goldust: “I watched it back. Everybody in the back was like ‘wow, I can’t believe you did that.’
When I’m out there, and I’m focused to the plan at hand and what I was already planning to do, I don’t hear things like that when I’m in the zone. I saw red, in a sense.
… For them to be [chanting] ’thank you Goldust,’ whatever. They don’t concern me. The fans really have never concerned me. This isn’t about me liking the fans, this is about me needing to step up my game and do for me, not for Truth. Not as a team.
I snapped, man. I’m not sorry about it, and I’m glad I did it. R-Truth has been around for very many years also, and it’s time for me to choose a different path. That’s what I did.
‘Thank you Goldust.’ I get it, the New Jersey crowd, that’s the way they are. So many different crowds everywhere we go. Some would boo, some would cheer, this and that, but I didn’t really hear them.”
Fox Sports: Every tag team is different, but when you’re teamed up with someone for so long, what is your day-to-day relationship really like?
Goldust: “Well, I’m a family man, so I go home to my family. He went home to his family. We didn’t ride together. I drive by myself, I like it that way. I’m kind of a lone-wolf type of person. Goldust is a singular character. I don’t need to be put with anybody.
At first, when we had the Golden Truth, it was fun - but it was always in the back of my head that I’m destined for so much more. I can be so much better than this, than the old comedy act that they want me to be. Hey, here we are, so we’ll see what happens today.”
Fox Sports: What was your reaction to Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship?
Goldust: “I flew in last night, I was watching it on the WWE Network. I watched the whole show. As I was watching it, I was like ‘man, this crowd is electric.' Chicago, to me, is the best wrestling crowd on the planet. They are the best. They are loud, they are ruthless, and they will tear you down if you let them. That crowd is the best, and that building is electric.
And to see Jinder… you know, I didn’t know. Nobody knew. The way they did it, I’m very happy for Jinder, because he left and he came back and he busted his ass and he trained hard and he has probably the best physique here in WWE. He looks great, has a great attitude, and is a genuinely good human being, and I couldn’t be happier for him. Congratulations to Jinder Mahal.
Anything can happen. You never say never in our company, and that proved the point last night. It was just a month ago or two months ago that he was in eight-man tags with us. He was in that comedy-style eight-man tag match that we’ve had for the last year, and now he’s world champion. That goes to say something. He’s worked his ass off and had the attitude that every performer needs to have when they try to get into this company… He is proof of something good happening.
You know, the brass ring that everybody talks about, which everybody makes fun of, it was there last night for Jinder Mahal, and he grabbed it.”
Fox Sports: The WWE roster just returned from a long European tour, what was that experience like for you?
Goldust: “European tours are fun for me, I like them. I’ve been on so, so many and I’ve seen all those sights. I really like European crowds. They’re loud, they come in droves, and they have fun. And that’s what it’s about, having fun when we go to work.
They’re always good. European crowds are always top-notch. They’re always sold out, they’re always ready. One thing about European crowds, some of the fans there… we will leave at say seven or eight in the morning to take a flight to the next town, and they’ll get in their cars and drive, and they’ll be there at the hotel waiting for us before we even get in. It’s like they’re on permanent holiday or something.”
Fox Sports: At WrestleMania 33 you wore a throwback bodysuit. Was that a one-off thing, or could we be seeing the return of old-school Goldust in the future?
Goldust: “The old-school Goldust is in the past. The past is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, you know. I’ve got today.
Maybe a little bit of the old-school mixed with today’s modern look, definitely, but I did like the suit and I plan on using it one more time, or several times. Maybe I’ll cut the sleeves off of one. I don’t know. I’ve got to evolve my character. I’m constantly trying to think of ways to evolve it, because basically I’m just in a suit and I have paint on my face, so what can I do to change up the look and keep it fresh in people’s minds? That was one way. It was very cool, I got some good feedback on it. Won’t do it too much, because then you get tired of it.”