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Old 06-11-15, 01:16 PM
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Wrestling Hall of Famer "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes dead at 69

First Christopher Lee, now this. Shitty day.

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WWE superstar Dusty Rhodes -- famously known as "The American Dream" -- has died at age 69 ... the WWE confirms.

Rhodes -- real name Virgil Runnels -- passed away Thursday morning.

Details surrounding his death are unclear. We're working on it.

Rhodes, who famously rocked polka dot tights during his legendary career, was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dusty had 4 children -- including two sons who also became wrestling superstars -- Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels).

The WWE issued a statement saying, "WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnelsí family, friends and colleagues."
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Old 06-11-15, 01:19 PM
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Damn this sucks. Grew up watching him in the Mid-Atlantic/NWA days - greatest rivalry every was the 4 Horsemen/Flair vs Dusty anyone he could get to help him

WAR GAMES was badass back in the day and still holds up today.

RIP Son of a Plumber
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Woah.
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Old 06-11-15, 01:29 PM
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That really bummed me out. I'm going to dig out his DVD and give it another spin tonight.

Prayers for his family.
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Sad news. Dusty lived and breathed the industry.
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Ric Flair, The Nature Boy
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All I wanted to be in 1972 was Rambling Ricky Rhodes. The Dream told me "you can make it on your own." He mentored me and taught me how to be a star. Dusty used to say “If you are going to pass by... why not in a Cadillac??” He’s the man who invented A Flair for the Gold and was a genius way ahead of his time. Much love to your family and more respect than can ever be measured. Love you Dream.
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No no no. I hate that they say he's remembered for his polka dot tights. That was a blip during his horrible WWF run. He was so much more than that.
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If it wasn't for The Dream, I probably wouldn't be a wrestling fan. He was my favorite back in the early 80's. I even entered that PWI contest for his wrestling boots. I really wanted to win those.



I wonder if they'll acknowledge it on tonight's Smackdown.

If they put together something special for the WWE Network, I might subscribe again to check it out.

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It might be too late to get something into the broadcast for Smackdown. If not, I would certainly expect something on Raw.
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Dusty

Enjoyed his time with NWA, when he and Magnum would be wrestling the Russians or the Horsemen. Was always colorful in the WWF with his promos and bionic elbow.
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It might be too late to get something into the broadcast for Smackdown. If not, I would certainly expect something on Raw.
WWE is pretty good with that type of stuff (sadly). I wasn't the biggest fan of him but he was unquestionably a legend in the business. Bad day with both him and Christopher Lee passing. RIP to both.

I'm actually surprised that Rhodes was only 69. I'd have guessed a bit older.
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^I know that they are, but being that Smackdown is a pre-recorded show, it's probably already in the can and ready to roll. I don't know how much freedom they have to make last minute changes. With Raw, you can always stick something in because it's live.
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Fitting with his sex appeal, that he dies at 69
It's always sad to hear that a simple accident causes such tragedy. He would be alive if not for a stupid fall.
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It might be too late to get something into the broadcast for Smackdown. If not, I would certainly expect something on Raw.
They have the Money In The Bank PPV on Sunday - they will definiately have a graphic/video honoring him before that event starts.

(Edit - I now see that your probably talking about having something up on national tv - yeah they would have to wait until RAW for that.
I orginially thought maybe you were saying they would wait until RAW to do something to honor him.)

As for the WWE Network - they have the "The American Dream"-The Dusty Rhodes Story documentary already in the "Beyond The Ring" section.
They should replay that on the actual network sometime tonight - 10:00 pm ET after Smackdown airs so it doesn't conflict.
That goes around 90 minutes - then add a half-hours worth of a couple of his greatest matches and you have a nice 2 hour block to honor Dusty Rhodes.

Edit - Forgot WWE Network - did a rivalries episode - Flair vs Rhodes - they could show that too.

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The last time I seen him on TV he didn't look well.
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Re: Wrestling Hall of Famer "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes dead at 69

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The last time I seen him on TV he didn't look well.
I agree. The last time I saw him he was doing a bit trying to talk Cody out of fighting his brother. And Cody slapped him. Wasn't too long ago.
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Never a big Dusty fan but he was definitely huge to the industry. He basically was the top face of the NWA in the 80's and no one could touch him in that regard. So many classic feuds with the Horseman, Flair, Road Warrios etc. It's also crazy to think that he basically never left the industry and has always been active in it in someway.
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emergency personnel responded to Dusty's home in Orlando, Florida at 5:56 am on Wednesday morning after he had taken a fall.

Rhodes was rushed to a nearby hospital where he passed away on Thursday morning. He suffered "numerous complications" due to the fall, which ultimately proved fatal.
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Sad to hear. RIP.
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Gutted. As a kid in the 80's growing up in the Carolinas, Dusty was as big a sports star as we had. He and Wahoo were my first two sports idols.

His belly might have been a little big, his heiney might have been big, but he was bad, bruddah.

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So sad the American Dream will be missed.
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May he RIP.
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I thought he was older than that - more my age.
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Wow, this one really hurts. I grew up watching the NWA back in the late 1970's. He was always humble but a bigger than life character. As I was reading article after article about his passing yesterday, every single one of them brought of the fact he will be remembered as the wrestler who those dang polka dot tights.

Vince should be ashamed of putting awful gimmick on The Dream. That's not the Dusty I will remember. Here's some of the things I will remember most about him.

When Dusty was banned from wrestling for 60 days, three days later, a man wearing all black and a black mask appeared on the scene. His name was the Midnight Rider. Everyone knew it was Dusty under the mask but it was cool as heck seeing him play another character and getting under the skin of Ric Flair. The Midnight Rider beat Ric Flair for the NWA Title but when he was ordered to remove his mask, he refused and he was stripped of the title.

Ric Flair and Ole and Arn Anderson breaking Dusty's leg in Atlanta in a steel cage match. I swear to this day I don't know how Flair and the Andersons got out of the building alive that night. The crowd was ready to pounce on them.

His feuds with Ric Flair and the Four Horseman. Classic! I bet I've seen Flair vs. Rhodes a million times over and it never got old.

When Dusty and the Road Warriors would defend their NWA Six Man Tag Team Titles, Dusty would always paint his face as well.

His feud with the Russians and then forming the Super Powers with Nikita Koloff.

Dusty and Magnum TA cleaning house each week as the NWA show went off the air.

These are just some of the many, many things I will remember most about The American Dream, certainly not this.

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