Dustin “Goldust” Runnels was scheduled to work last Friday night’s Bad News Allen Tribute Show in Cochrane, AB as he got a $900 advance. He not only no-showed, but cashed the plane ticket in for cash the day before the show. The promoter, who worked as Hannibal in the main event, had done shows in Puerto Rico and knew Dustin from working down there, so he was particularly incensed. They sent out his planned opponent, Ravenous Randy, to cut a promo on him, utterly burying him and then calling him up on his cell phone to leave a message of all the fans booing at the top of their lungs. It’s been said that Runnels has seen some rough times recently and there are people very worried about him. Between the advance, airfare (which is very expensive in Canada) and hotel, the promoter probably lost $5,000 on him alone. He was also scheduled to appear at Monday’s SNME taping, but pulled out for some unknown reason.
Triple H believes that the fans are going to cheer him as a good guy when he returns later this summer. For that reason the WWE is pushing Randy Orton very hard in a cerebral assassin like character to set up a feud with Triple H for his return.