Are Cody Rhodes And Goldust Actually Brothers Or Was It Just Good Scrip Writing?

Published 10/04/2023, 4:30 PM EDT

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The world of WWE pairs several wrestlers with each other in several familial and romantic ties to build its storylines. However, the WWE also features several pairings involving actual blood ties.

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Amidst the numerous ties between wrestlers, the duo of Cody Rhodes and Goldust always stands out. While WWE holds that the two are brothers, do they really have any blood relationship? Are Goldust and Stardust actual brothers, or was this another instance of good scripting?

The truth behind the brotherhood of Cody Rhodes and Goldust

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Cody Rhodes is a second-generation wrestler who takes after his father Dusty Rhodes. His title of The American Nightmare is inspired by his father’s title, The American Dream. Cody Rhodes and Goldust have teamed up in WWE on a few occasions. Goldust and Rhodes as Stardust were portrayed as brothers and competed for the WWE Tag Team Championship in June 2014.

While this pairing was seen as unusual and wasn’t liked much by the WWE Universe, Cody, and Goldust do share a common blood tie. Goldust’s real name is Dustin Rhodes, and he is the elder brother of Cody Rhodes. While Dustin and Cody Rhodes share the same father, they were born from different mothers. Cody Rhodes was born from his father’s second marriage with Michelle Runnels. Dustin, on the other hand, birthed from his dad’s first wife, Sandra Runnels. This makes Dustin and Cody each other’s half-brothers.

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Cody and Dustin Rhodes share an age difference of 16 years. Despite this age difference, both of Dusty’s sons chose to become professional wrestlers. The two have entertained fans while competing as singles stars and then together as a tag team. But on a rare instance, the two brothers also squared off against each other. In fact, the duo marked the biggest showdown in the early history of AEW when they brawled with each other.

When all of Rhodes led to an epic battle

Cody Rhodes left WWE in 2016 because of several frustrations. This also included being almost permanently stuck with the character of Stardust. After making a name on the independents, Cody joined the AEW along with Tony Khan. When Goldust’s contract expired with WWE in 2019, the elder Rhodes followed his younger brother to join AEW during its first year. 

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While the matchup between the two brothers met constant roadblocks at WWE, Cody Rhodes used his creative freedom at AEW to finally fight his brother. The two wrestlers traded blows at AEW’s first edition of the Double or Nothing event in 2019. The match invoked a ginormous amount of love from fans who were hooked by the action and emotion on display 

The 22-minute, 30-second match showcased a mix of both wrestlers’ unique styles, captivating the crowd and earning a perfect five-star rating from Dave Meltzer. Cody Rhodes emerged victorious after an intense battle, utilizing multiple Cross-Rhodes to secure the win.

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While they remain in separate companies now and have different career aspirations their brotherly bond remains strong.

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Sheron Singh

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Sheron Singh is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports. She started watching and following the WWE when her father introduced it to her at the age of 6. Sheron has since been an avid fan and devotedly follows the sport.
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Sherjeel Malik

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