I started watching wrestling around the age of 4, or at least that’s when I can first remember anything that happened in wrestling. Yes I was a Hulkamaniac, for all the younger kids, he was the bigger, stronger and cooler version of what you have today in John Cena. But I’m not writing to talk about that, I’m writing to talk about the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes.
I started watching when Dusty’s in ring wrestling career was near the end, so I don’t have too many fond memories of him wrestling. But I do remember his ring attire(who could forget those polka dots?!) and his sidekick Sapphire. I remember he and Sapphire had a feud with Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri, in which Savages ex manager Miss Elizabeth helped Rhodes and Sapphire get the win in a mixed tag team match at WrestleMania VI. I remember him more as a manager, commentator and a member of the nWo. Countless pay per views were blessed with his brilliance on commentary and his southern spunk will never be matched. He was one of the best on the microphone and laid down the blueprint on how to cut pure gold when doing promos. If you have never seen his “Hard Times” promo, I suggest you click here and treat yourself.
From all of the stories and comments I have read today, it seems like he was one of the great men in wrestling and even greater at life. I don’t have too many memories to share but I wanted to share some of the comments and stories from other people in the business. Long live the American Dream. See ya on the other side Dusty. Thank you.
Current NXT Champion Kevin Owens shared this heartfelt story after posting a shorter message and picture on Twitter.
Current WWE Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon
WWE Legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson