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Dusty Rhodes


Name: - “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
Height: - 6'2” (188cm)
Weight: - 302lb (137kg)
Born: - October 12, 1945
From: - Smyrna, Georgia, USA
Trained by: - Joe Blanchard, Gary Hart, Dick Murdoch
Debut: - 1966

Died: - June 11, 2015 (complications from stomach cancer)
Finishers: - Bionic Elbow, Figure-4 leglock
Also known as: - Dusty Runnels, Midnight Rider, Uvalde Slim

Toured Australia: - 1971

Recognised as one of the greatest stars, and bookers, in wrestling history.

Wrestled as a heel for the first part of his career. In 1969, formed a tag team with Dick Murdoch, The Outlaws, which made stars of both of them. Wrestled in Australia in 1971, winning the tag titles from Mario Milano and Mark Lewin, before dropping them to Lewin and Killer Kowalski. Had a stint in AWA before traveling to Florida in 1974 and turning face. In the rest of the 70s, Rhodes became one of the most beloved characters in US wrestling. Released a single in 1978 - “Let's Get Funky” (it was not a hit).

Beat Harley Race for the NWA title in 1979, but lost it back 6 days later after suffering a 'broken arm'. Took the title from Race again in 1981, before dropping it to Ric Flair. Swapped the title again with Flair in 1986. Worked in Georgia with Crockett, as well as booking there, until being fired in 1989. Went to WWF, wrestling as “The Common Man”, and being managed by Sapphire.

Began wrestling part-time and booking in WCW in 1991. Also took on commentary duties until 1998. Operated Florida promotion PWF as well as Georgia promotion TCW. Since 2000, has wrestled occasionally for WWE, ECW, TNA, ROH, as well as several independent and Japanese promotions.

Has two sons in wrestling – Dustin and Cody Rhodes. Was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

Titles held: - NWA World Hwt (3), NWA US Hwt (Mid-Atlantic), NWA US Hwt (SF), NWA National Hwt, Georgia Hwt, Florida Hwt (10), NWA North American Hwt, Central States Hwt, NWA Southern Hwt (7), NWA World TV (2), NWA Brass Knuckles (4), NWA North American (Hawaii), Bahamas Hwt, Florida TV, IWA World Tag (w/ Dick Murdoch), NWA World Tag (WCW) (2, w/ Dick Slater, w/ Manny Fernandez), NWA World Tag (Detroit) (w/ Dick Murdoch), NWF World Tag (w/ Dick Murdoch), North American Tag (w/ Dick Murdoch), Global Tag (w/ Magnum TA), NWA US Tag (Florida) (2, w/ Bugsy McGraw, w/ Blackjack Mulligan), Florida Tag (4, w/ Dick Murdoch, w/ Dick Slater, w/ Bobo Brazil, w/ Andre the Giant), Mid-Atlantic Tag (w/ Buff Bagwell), NWA US Tag (Tri-State) (w/ Andre the Giant), American Tag (2, w/ Baron von Raschke, w/ Dick Murdoch), NWA World 6-Man Tag (w/ The Road Warriors)

Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch v The Stomper & Ben Justice, Detroit 1970

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, WrestlingClassics
Photo credit:Pro Wrestling Wikia