They say “the Dream is still is alive”, but not “The American Dream”:Dusty Rhodes gone/has died, age 69

Posted by Andy Durham on June 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm under Professional | Read the First Comment

*****Bruce Mitchell will join us tonight at the Shane’s Rib Shack to talk about the death of Dusty Rhodes.*****
Son of a plumber, “taking care of bidness”, the end of the Crockett Wrestling Shows with credits rolling listing Virgil Runnels(Dusty Rhodes) as the executive producer, dressed in yellow tights covered with black polka dots with his valet Sapphire at his side in the WWF, teaming up with Dick Murdoch to form what I think they called the “Texas Outlaws” and could have been some Ron Bass and Dick Slater hanging around those guys too down in Florida and they say he played college baseball and not college football at West Texas State and he was very creative and formed a good business and wrestling stable with Magnum TA/Terry Allen back in the 80’s and you could go on all day about Dusty Rhodes, but you will have to do it in the past tense, because “The American Dream” has died…..He was famous in some circles for the “Dusty Finish” and that is the case throughout squared circles all over the wrestling world today…This is the “Dusty Finish”…..

from World Wrestling Entertainment:
Press Statement

WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes — WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history — passed away today at the age of 69.

Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.

WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.

*****Dusty worked for the WWE, TNA, WCW, NWA, WWF, FCW(Florida Championship Wrestling), AWA and many others and may have had a brief stint in the CIA, you just never know when you are dealing with when you have a man, that had his creative powers….Dusty had recently had gastric bypass surgery and he had so much that he looked like he had gone from 350 pounds down to about 170…..*****

Update from Pro Wrestling Torch/www.pwtorch.com by way of TMZ:

TMZ reports that Dusty Rhodes fell in his Orlando home on Wednesday morning and was transported to an area hospital.

Rhodes then died on Thursday morning, according to WWE. TMZ reports that Dusty “suffered numerous complications” overnight.

TMZ reported: “Officials tells us … emergency personnel responded to Dusty’s home in Orlando at 5:56 a.m. Wednesday morning after getting a call reporting a 69-year-old male had taken a fall.”

Picked up from Wikipedia:
On June 10, 2015, emergency personnel responded to Dusty’s home in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday morning after getting a call reporting he had taken a fall. Rhodes was then transported to a nearby hospital where he eventually died from kidney failure. Rhodes was survived by his four children, including Cody Runnels and Dustin Runnels, and wife….


  • Lugnut said,

    R.I.P. Dusty Rhodes, one of the few wrestlers who really was what his name implied, a true American Dream!