Dusty Rhodes (Dead)

Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. [1945 - 2015]

"The American Dream"
"The Midnight Rider"

Pro wrestler Dusty Rhodes

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes has accumulated numerous accolades throughout his storied career, including three NWA World Championships one NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship, 10 NWA Florida Heavyweight Championships, seven NWA Southern Heavyweight Championships and one NWA National Heavyweight Championship, among others.

Born Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. in Austin, Texas, Rhodes embarked on his professional wrestling career in the American Wrestling Association as a heel in the late 1960s, forming the tag team, The Texas Outlaws, with Dick Murdoch. During the mid-1970s, Rhodes' persona took the form of "Stardust," the "White Soul King" and eventually "The American Dream." Rhodes became known for his legendary feuds with the likes of Pak Song, "Superstar" Billy Graham, Kevin Sullivan, Blackjack Mulligan, Nikita Koloff, Abdullah the Butcher, "Crippler" Ray Stevens, Harley Race, Terry Funk and The Four Horseman (Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson). Rhodes captured the NWA World Championship three times by defeating Race in 1979 and 1981, and Flair in 1986.

Rhodes published his autobiography, Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream, in 2005. In 2007, Rhodes was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Rhodes is also a member of the WCW and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Halls of Fame. He has two sons, Dustin and Cody, both of whom are professional wrestlers.

Dusty Rhodes passed away on June 10, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

Eric Johnson - 2015-07-10 05:08:15

I remember when Dusty Rodes was fighting the Road Warriros took there spickes out of there shoulger pad and bust Dustys face up talk about bloody fair while Dusty Rodes do not worry Rick Flair is with you 2 are the best

Dano - 2015-07-04 14:02:10

Nobody. and I mean NOBODY, was better with a mic in front of them as the late Great American Dream Dusty Rhodes. Thanks for the entertainment you provided for millions during your career.

Doris Wilson - 2015-06-28 09:17:37

RIP brother ..

Dotty Lear - 2015-06-23 19:52:11

I havent watch wrestling for awhile because its more of a comical, idiotic show. Nothing like before. Did they give Dusty Rhodes recognitin cant spell it. I sure hope so

Jessica - 2015-06-18 22:43:50


Camden M - 2015-06-11 14:28:40

RIP Dusty.

Jim Hunt - 2015-06-11 14:28:27

Sorry to say while watching the Braves game. they just announced Dusty Rhodes had died. 6-11-15. he was loved by fans everywhere. RIP Dusty. he will be missed.

dekano - 2015-06-11 14:13:16

no , he passes away :(

Anonymous - 2015-06-11 14:02:33


C from Detroit, MI - 2015-03-05 16:26:07

Boy do I remember "The Outlaws". The tags team combination of Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch. They came to Detroit in the last 60's and early 70's and they were the best. I became a fan for life. Every minute in the ring was pure excitement and never ending action. Just ask the Flying Fred Curry, The Sheikh, Bobo Brazil, or Lord Layton. They came to Detroit and raised pure hell in the ring and left town after beating the hell out of everyone that was here one by one, we loved it. Dusty Rhodes, you were great!

Aretha Henson - 2014-09-02 21:28:52

I want to meet Dusty Rhode in person. Is that possible?

Ed Mooney - 2012-12-02 09:45:37

True story! It's the late 70's in the Sebring(Florida)High School Gym during Dusty's "Quest for the World's Heavyweight Title" versus Harley Race. I was 14 years old at the time and Dusty was my hero. I slipped by the deputies guarding the girls locker room from where the good guys emerged. In my hand was a 8X10 photo of Dusty I bought for 5 hard-earned Florida summer yardwork dollars. My "quest" was to have Dusty autograph it for me and I was young enough to believe he would be proud to do so. I get into the locker room and I see Jerry Briscoe hikeing a football to Dusty. I asked Dusty to autograph my photo and I was met with a barage of threats and profanity from my hero. Running out of the locker room, I tore up my 8X10 and became a Harley Race fan that night! BTW, Harley won via disqualification that night.

David Walsh - 2012-10-31 22:08:55

Thank you Dusty , For all the great years you gave me and my father together as we both grew older .Watching you seeing you .Yelling for our American dream hero.You dusty .One of your fights .We were in Orlando Florida at the old Eddie graham sports stadium .Watching you and Terry funk duke it out.You not only won it poured out into the parking lot that night . Then after the fights My dad and I got to meet you at the ABC lounge .On east 50.Our greatest night meeting our American dream hero.These days there just aren't any around the same caliber as you are....That's what memories are made of .My dad now has Dementia bad .But still remembers his days watching his wrestling.

Ernie - 2010-05-12 11:30:57

True anecdote about Dusty: In 1977, a band called Sea Level (an offshoot of the Allman Brothers) recorded a song named "That's Your Secret" where the chorus was based on a Dusty Rhodes promo. It goes: "When you do it one time/you want to do it again/and when you see it one time/you want to see it again." They acknowledge the quote in the second verse, where lead singer Randall Bramblett says: "And its agonizing reappraisal/says Dusty Rhodes, and he's the "American Dream"/When you do it one time, etc." The song is from their 1977 album "Cats From The Coast" and is also on the "Best Of" album which came out on CD in the '90s. The actual promo was about Dusty trying to regain the NWA world title.

Joe S. - 2010-02-18 19:50:49

Hey Dusty! Who was "The Midnight Rider"?

dean munday - 2009-08-06 01:32:52

a very good wrestler and all round good guy