Speaking to SK Wrestling, former WWE writer Vince Russo revealed that the company were forced to scrap a character due to complaints from the USA Network.
Vince Russo revealed that Vince McMahon called him into his office and told him that the Goldust gimmick would have to be dropped due to complaints that were sent to the network:
“Bro, one day Vince [Vince McMahon] calls me in and is like, ‘[Throat-slitting gesture] It’s over, it’s done.’ I mean, there was no [argument] because it was affecting business. Bro, what do you do? We go from that guy to Dustin Rhodes? What could you possibly do?”
“I felt so freaking bad for Dustin, man. That was business, bro. It was USA, it was sponsors. We started getting a lot of calls and they just cut it loose, man. That was it.”
Dustin Rhodes’ Goldust character was certainly rather risque, and it unfortunately isn’t all that surprising to hear that people from the USA Network pressured WWE into scrapping it.
Dustin Rhodes is doing alright for himself now and is on somewhat of a career resurgence as part of All Elite Wrestling (AEW).