Dusty Rhodes (Alive)
Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. [1945 - Present]
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"The American Dream"

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"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.

 

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SS - 2008-12-20 12:10:15

I cant beleive they barley managed to write 1 line about the American Dream

Shane0 - 2009-02-25 00:41:57

yeah pretty lame attempt

 

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Anonymous - 2009-04-06 21:11:25

He's sure worth more than 1 line.

MRJ - 2009-05-02 23:14:33

No he wasn't.

karateken - 2009-05-04 19:46:44

you reeeeaaaallllyyy gave al snow and lerroy brown more commentery than a 30 year living legend your complete idiots

murphy - 2009-07-04 19:33:11

how can u only come up with one line for the american dream.not only was he a hell of a wrestler but they may never be one better than he was at being about showmanship. i could listen to him talk all day

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

a very good wrestler and all round good guy

Mr. McMister - 2009-09-16 15:03:27

Hey, guys, hav u noticed that Eddie Guerro isnt on here, these idiots forgot him!!!! I hope this site crashes and burns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Jeff Hardy pwns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

[Editor's Note: We haven't forgotten anyone, we are slowly but surely adding pro wrestlers to the archives. Thanks for your patience.]

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

Hey Dusty! Who was "The Midnight Rider"?

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.

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.

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.

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

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