Many of you may read this headline and be puzzled since you didn't realize Goldust (Dustin Runnels) was still even in WWE. He was still employed by WWE all this time but mainly in an agent role behind the scenes. His last appearances on TV were brief altercations with his brother Cody backstage a few months ago, but he wasn't in his "Goldust" persona. Word has it that some sort of occurrence at a recent Smackdown taping were cause for Rhodes' release.
Goldust has been back and forth from WWE so many times he might hold a record for most returns. He actually debuted in 1991 as "Dustin Rhodes" in an angle involving his father Dusty and Ted Dibiase. He returned and debuted as "Goldust" in 1995 and became a controversial star for the next few years. For the past 10 years or so he has bounced around between WWE, WCW, and TNA. In his latest run with WWE, there was talk of possibly holding Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust at WrestleMania, but obviously that didn't pan out. Goldust had been working as an agent since 2011 after suffering an injury, and was seen on camera as recently as a few weeks ago breaking up the Lesnar/Cena brawl. It will be interesting to hear what the incident was that lead to his release, being things were seemingly going well and he even released a book through WWE just over a year ago.
It will also be interesting to see if there is any interest in Dustin Rhodes from TNA, where he was last seen as the character "Black Reign." TNA could also conceivably use Rhodes in a backstage role as well unless his sites are set on stepping away from the wrestling business at this time.