History Wrestling / DustyRhodes

13th May '17 4:09:36 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* AntagonismForgedFriendship: With The Russian Team in Jim Crockett Promotions, which lead to Nikita Koloff becoming Dusty's tag team partner after Magnum T.A. suffered a {{career ending injury}} in a car accident.



* CuckoolanderCommentator: A living drunk post. Dusty's thick accent and bizarre speaking pattern makes it almost impossible to understand him, especially in the late 80's onwards. As WCW commentator, he gained quite the reputation for verbal diarrhea, so much so that "Insane Dusty Commentary" is a regular feature of ''{{Website/Botchamania}}''.

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* CuckoolanderCommentator: CuckoolanderCommentator
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A living drunk post. Dusty's thick accent and bizarre speaking pattern makes it almost impossible to understand him, especially in the late 80's onwards. As WCW commentator, he gained quite the reputation for verbal diarrhea, so much so that "Insane Dusty Commentary" is a regular feature of ''{{Website/Botchamania}}''.



** Come full circle when WWE revived CWF Florida, once Dusty's home promotion, as FCW and put him on the commentary table...and then apparently had second thoughts.



* FireForgedFriends: With The Russian Team in Jim Crockett Promotions, which lead to Nikita Koloff becoming Dusty's tag team partner after Magnum T.A. suffered a {{career ending injury}} in a car accident.



* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Joining the WWF had the added effect of turning Dusty black: He gained a Jheri curled female valet (Sapphire) who was selected from the crowd -- the joke being that he’s just a common man, so he should have a common valet -- and a funk entrance theme ("The Common Man Boogie") which he still had towards the end of his life. Move over, Isaac Hayes. This angle might have a kernel of truth: Dusty wanted to bring in a black prostitute to be Sapphire, and already had one in mind.

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* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy
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Joining the WWF had the added effect of turning Dusty black: He gained a Jheri curled female valet (Sapphire) who was selected from the crowd -- the joke being that he’s just a common man, so he should have a common valet -- and a funk entrance theme ("The Common Man Boogie") which he still had towards the end of his life. Move over, Isaac Hayes. This angle might have a kernel of truth: Dusty wanted to bring in a black prostitute to be Sapphire, and already had one in mind.mind.
** Revisited in WWE's FCW Revival, where Dusty was the blackest commentator besides Abraham Washington.
13th May '17 3:57:36 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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Trained by Joe Blanchard, '''Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.''', better known as ("The American Dream") '''Dusty Rhodes''' was just a common man, workin' hard with his hands. He was also a American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er who, throughout his forty year career, portrayed a happy-go-lucky schlub facing off against [[SlobsVersusSnobs more elegant and physically fit]] competitors. Contrary to his underdog image, Dusty [[{{Kevlard}} was a tank]] in his prime, known and feared throughout various permutations of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance.

Working in various wrestling organizations since the late sixties, Dusty joined Jim Crockett Promotions in 1978. Throughout the late seventies and eighties, he would engage in a number of high profile feuds, facing off against the likes of Wrestling/TerryFunk, Wrestling/HarleyRace, Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher, and especially the Four Horsemen; particularly their leader, the elitist braggart Wrestling/RicFlair. Dusty would win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Championship]] a total of three times, and in 1985, he delivered what became known as the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9py4aMK3aIU "Hard Times"]] promo, considered Dusty's finest, and definitely in the running for greatest wrestling promo of all time.

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Trained by Joe Blanchard, '''Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.''', better known as ("The American Dream") '''Dusty Rhodes''' was just a common man, workin' hard with his hands. He was also a American Football player turned {{professional wrestl|ing}}er who, throughout his forty year career, portrayed a happy-go-lucky schlub facing off against [[SlobsVersusSnobs more elegant and physically fit]] competitors. Contrary to his underdog image, Dusty [[{{Kevlard}} was a tank]] in his prime, known and feared throughout various permutations of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance.

Working in various wrestling organizations since the late sixties, Dusty joined Jim Crockett Promotions in 1978. Throughout the late seventies and eighties, he would engage in a number of high profile feuds, facing off against the likes of Wrestling/TerryFunk, Wrestling/HarleyRace, Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher, and especially the Four Horsemen; Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen; particularly their leader, the elitist braggart Wrestling/RicFlair. Dusty would win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Championship]] a total of three times, and in 1985, he delivered what became known as the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9py4aMK3aIU "Hard Times"]] promo, considered Dusty's finest, and definitely in the running for greatest wrestling promo of all time.



* AntagonismForgedFriendship: With The Russian Team in Jim Crockett Promotions, which lead to Nikita Koloff becoming Dusty's tag team partner after Magnum T.A. suffered a {{career ending injury}} in a car accident.



* BashBrothers: with Dick Murdoch, [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Mulligan]], Magnum T.A., Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Mike Graham, Bugsy [=McGraw=], Nikita Koloff, Buff Bagwell, Dustin Rhodes

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* BashBrothers: with The Spoiler(one of the first), Dick Murdoch, Murdoch(probably the most frequent), [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Mulligan]], Magnum T.A., Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Mike Graham, Bugsy [=McGraw=], Nikita Koloff, Buff Bagwell, Dustin Rhodes



* BigGood: In TNA as "The Director Of Authority". Obviously Jerry Jarrett and Panda were behind him but Dusty was in charge of most of the visible company running.



* EyeScream: The spot that ended is JCP career involved Wrestling/LegionOfDoom stabbing him with one of their broken spikes here.



* HeelFaceTurn: In the 1970s and never looked back...until he randomly turned on Larry Zbyszko to join the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] during Zbyszko's match with Wrestling/ScottHall at ''NWO Souled Out 98'', January 24, 1998. Of course, after disappearing following the Outsiders' split in May at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 98,'' he returned following Wrestling/RicFlair's victory over Wrestling/EricBischoff on the ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' after ''[=Starrcade=]'' on December 28 to celebrate the win.

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* HeelFaceTurn: In the 1970s 1974 when Manager Gary Hart turned on him, and Dusty never looked back...until he randomly turned on Larry Zbyszko to join the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] nWo]] during Zbyszko's match with Wrestling/ScottHall at ''NWO ''nWo Souled Out 98'', January 24, 1998. Of course, after disappearing following the Outsiders' split in May at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 98,'' he returned following Wrestling/RicFlair's victory over Wrestling/EricBischoff on the ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' after ''[=Starrcade=]'' on December 28 to celebrate the win.



* ItsPersonal: Against Wrestling/JimCornette and Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress in Jim Crockett Promotions.

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* ItsPersonal: ItsPersonal
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Against Wrestling/JimCornette and Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress in Jim Crockett Promotions.Promotions. He held onto his grudge with all incarnations of the Midnights well into his independent circuit career.
** Against Terry Funk in Carolina Championship Wrestling for costing Rhodes what was his final chance to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion again against Wrestling/JeffJarrett.



** Then there was his short-lived run with the NWO.

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** Then there was his short-lived run with the NWO.nWo.



* RagsToRiches / RichesToRags: Discussed in his promos, most famously his "wined and dined with kings and queens" promo.

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* RagsToRiches / RichesToRags: Discussed in his promos, most famously his "wined and dined with kings and queens" promo. Which is also true, although he had a car to sleep in after turning to pro sports his football career stalled and it would be a few years before his wrestling career took off.



* TagTeam
** The Superpowers with Nikita Koloff
** The Texas Outlaws with Dick Murdoch



* TagTeam: The Texas Outlaws, with Dick Murdoch

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* TagTeam: TagTeam
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The Texas Outlaws, with Dick Murdoch


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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Wasn't just a wrestler, booker, manager, commentator, "director of authority", and coach but his WWF gimmick saw him return to his working class roots in a different odd job every other month, or even week.
12th May '17 9:07:32 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** The Midnight Rider [[DramaticUnmasking revealed]] "Lucifer" to be Kevin Sullivan after defeating him in a LoserLeavesTown Cage match for CWF Florida in 1983

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** The Midnight Rider [[DramaticUnmasking [[DramaticUnmask revealed]] "Lucifer" to be Kevin Sullivan after defeating him in a LoserLeavesTown Cage match for CWF Florida in 1983
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'''Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.''', better known as ("The American Dream") '''Dusty Rhodes''' was just a common man, workin' hard with his hands. He was also a American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er who, throughout his forty year career, portrayed a happy-go-lucky schlub facing off against [[SlobsVersusSnobs more elegant and physically fit]] competitors. Contrary to his underdog image, Dusty [[{{Kevlard}} was a tank]] in his prime, known and feared throughout various permutations of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance.

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Trained by Joe Blanchard, '''Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.''', better known as ("The American Dream") '''Dusty Rhodes''' was just a common man, workin' hard with his hands. He was also a American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er who, throughout his forty year career, portrayed a happy-go-lucky schlub facing off against [[SlobsVersusSnobs more elegant and physically fit]] competitors. Contrary to his underdog image, Dusty [[{{Kevlard}} was a tank]] in his prime, known and feared throughout various permutations of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance.



After WCW's purchase and dissolution by the WWF in 2001, Rhodes would work for Wrestling/{{TNA}}, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]], and various other indie wrestling leagues for the next five years, including Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, a promotion founded by Rhodes himself. In late 2005, he would sign a WWE Legends deal, making occasional appearances on WWE programming from then on.

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After WCW's purchase and dissolution by the WWF in 2001, Rhodes would work for Wrestling/{{TNA}}, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]], and various other indie wrestling leagues for the next five years, including Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, a promotion founded by Rhodes himself. He was inducted into the NWA, Professional Wrestling and Wrestling/LouThesz Halls Of Fame. In late 2005, he would sign a WWE Legends deal, making occasional appearances on WWE programming from then on.



* AllAmericanFace: "He's just a common man", "Son of a Plumber", etc. (These are both true.)

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* AllAmericanFace: "He's just a common man", "Son of a Plumber", etc. (These are both true.)) He and Magnum T.A. called themselves "America's Team"



** Terry Funk

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** Terry FunkWrestling/TerryFunk



* BashBrothers: with Dick Murdoch, [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Mulligan]], Magnum T.A., Mike Graham, Dustin Rhodes

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* BashBrothers: with Dick Murdoch, [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Mulligan]], Magnum T.A., Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Mike Graham, Bugsy [=McGraw=], Nikita Koloff, Buff Bagwell, Dustin Rhodes


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* CharacterShilling: Dusty always generated a got a positive fan response in Ring Of Honor, but not even he could make The Carnage Crew baby faces.


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* GarbageWrestler: Not what he's best known for, but Rhodes ''was'' a five time brass knuckles champion between the Wrestling/{{Von Erich|Family}}'s Big Time Wrestling in Texas and Championship Wrestling From Florida. He also had a reputation for winning bunkhouse brawls.


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* HumiliatingWager
** The Midnight Rider [[DramaticUnmasking revealed]] "Lucifer" to be Kevin Sullivan after defeating him in a LoserLeavesTown Cage match for CWF Florida in 1983
** The next year in CWF Florida the Midnight Rider defeated a CostumeCopycat in a mask vs mask match, after a cage match victory wasn't enough to make him go away. It turned out to be Kharma(FKA Gene Lewis or Molokai when in Sullivan's Army Of Darkness), whom Rhodes had been feuding with for awhile when not wearing the Midnight Rider mask.


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* {{Leitmotif}}
** ''You Can't Judge a book by the Cover'', his general NWA
** A piece by Ryuichi Sakamoto called ''Kakutougi Theme'' in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, which was also used by Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE. NJPW later used ''American Dream'' by Freedom
** ''Old Time Rock and Roll'' by Bob Seger in WCW, later used the Wrestling/JimmyHart piece ''Rockhouse''
** ''Common Man Boogie'' in the WWF
** ''This Is Why'' by Reckless Fortune by reckless fortune in ECW
** ''Midnight Rider'' by Willie Nelson in Ring Of Honor


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** Baby Doll, after she stopped wrestling


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* PowerTrio: Dusty and his former enemies, The Wrestling/LegionOfDoom, won the NWA World Six Man Tag Team Titles twice.


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* TagTeam
** The Superpowers with Nikita Koloff
** The Texas Outlaws with Dick Murdoch


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* TournamentArc
** Won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship Tournament of 1978
** In 1980 he won the NWA United States Tag Team Championship Tournament with Bugsy [=McGraw=], also while in CWF Florida
** Won the 1984 Cadillac Cup while in Georgia Championship Wrestling.
** Won the Bunkhouse Stampede, as series of [[GimmickMatches bunkhouse brawls]], four years in a row while in Jim Crockett Promotions... that is to say he won every last one they held
** He won the Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament in 1987 with Nikita Koloff as his partner
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* OverprotectiveDad: According to [[Characters/WWEDivas Terri Runnels]], Dusty didn't much care for his daughter-in-law and played Iago to Dustin's Othello, spreading rumors about her sleeping around and bleeding his bank account dry.

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* OverprotectiveDad: According to [[Characters/WWEDivas Terri Runnels]], Wrestling/TerriRunnels, Dusty didn't much care for his daughter-in-law and played Iago to Dustin's Othello, spreading rumors about her sleeping around and bleeding his bank account dry.
20th Apr '16 7:14:03 AM SomeoneElse17
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** The "FAW HATHMEN!"
** Wrestling/RicFlair and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen

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** The "FAW HATHMEN!"
** Wrestling/RicFlair and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen[[Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen "THE FAW HATHMEN!"]]
23rd Mar '16 4:52:33 PM Andrewjpet12
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* {{Acrofatic}}: He’s just a common man, eatin’ cake with both hands. While just shy of "[[TheGiant giant]]" status (he's 6'1), Dusty was stout enough to shrug off any offense, while nimble enough to counter his opponent's attacks two-fold.

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* {{Acrofatic}}: He’s just a common man, eatin’ cake with both hands. While just shy of "[[TheGiant giant]]" status (he's 6'1), Dusty was stout enough to shrug off any offense, while nimble enough to counter his opponent's attacks two-fold. As Dusty put it himself during the famous "Hard Times" promo:
--> I admit I don't look like the athlete of the day's supposed to look. My belly's just a little big, my hiney's just a little big, but brother I am bad, and they know I'm bad.
17th Feb '16 1:10:47 PM SomeoneElse17
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Of a sports variety. His classic rivalry with Wrestling/RicFlair was designed to mirror the Lakers-Celtics rivalry that was huge at the time, pitting the flashy, stylish and flamboyant (Flair/Lakers) against the no-nonsense, workmanlike, determined style (Rhodes/Celtics). As history can tell, it achieved massive success for both the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} NBA]].
29th Jan '16 5:34:57 AM BlackTemplar
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* {{Archenemy}}: Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham, The "FAW HATHMEN!", Wrestling/KevinSullivan, and Terry Funk. Wrestling/RandySavage in the WWF.

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* {{Archenemy}}: Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham, {{Archenemy}}:
** Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham
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The "FAW HATHMEN!", Wrestling/KevinSullivan, HATHMEN!"
** Wrestling/RicFlair
and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen
** Wrestling/KevinSullivan
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Terry Funk. Funk
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Wrestling/RandySavage in the WWF.
15th Jan '16 3:24:39 AM Zadia
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In 1985, Dusty transitioned into booking what would eventually become [[{{Wrestling/WCW}} World Championship Wrestling]]. As booker, Rhodes would develop a number of creative feuds and {{gimmick matches}}, including the WCW standard "[=WarGames=]'' match. After openly defying a "no bloodshed" edict from TBS censors at ''[=Starrcade=] '88'', Rhodes was fired from WCW. He would join the [[{{Wrestling/WWE}} WWF]] in 1989, where he wrestled as "Common Man" Dusty Rhodes for two years, feuding with [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Macho Man" Randy Savage]]. The most notable aspect of this period was the god-awful ugly yellow-polkadot unitard he would wear in the role. Some thought the costume choice was WWF owner VinceMcMahon's way of [[BadJobWorseUniform humiliating one of his former competitors]], but Dusty has always maintained [[IMeantToDoThat the whole thing was his idea.]]

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In 1985, Dusty transitioned into booking what would eventually become [[{{Wrestling/WCW}} World Championship Wrestling]]. As booker, Rhodes would develop a number of creative feuds and {{gimmick matches}}, including the WCW standard "[=WarGames=]'' ''[=WarGames=]'' match. After openly defying a "no bloodshed" edict from TBS censors at ''[=Starrcade=] '88'', Rhodes was fired from WCW. He would join the [[{{Wrestling/WWE}} WWF]] in 1989, where he wrestled as "Common Man" Dusty Rhodes for two years, feuding with [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Macho Man" Randy Savage]]. The most notable aspect of this period was the god-awful ugly yellow-polkadot unitard he would wear in the role. Some thought the costume choice was WWF owner VinceMcMahon's way of [[BadJobWorseUniform humiliating one of his former competitors]], but Dusty has always maintained [[IMeantToDoThat the whole thing was his idea.]]
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