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 Posted: Fri Jun 12th, 2015 03:18 am
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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Not a fan of his ring work, but I loved his Promos.

Same here. 
I have always wanted to see "The Dealer" promo, again, from NWA days.  If anybody has it or finds it, please post it here.  That is in my Top 10 of Best Promos.  
RIP Big Dust and the Splotch 

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R.I.P.

I'll take Dusty Rhodes in his prime over any of the vanilla midgets or high flyers of past 15-20 years

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RIP

As big a name as there was when I was growing up.



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This one sucks big time. HUGE part of my childhood. Watching the Dream on TBS every Saturday.

For a time Dusty was probably the number 2 most influential person in the sport. He booked JCP to a great run no matter the final result. 85 - 87 was a magical period.

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Boz1515 wrote: Yeah, this one hurts.

Exactly what I was going to say.  This one stings.



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Dusty was on the first card I ever saw in person, teaming with JYD vs. Kamala and King Kong Bundy. Only other time I saw him in person was a WWF show, I think against Savage.
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I was in total shock this afternoon when I logged on facebook & saw that Richard 'O' had posted the link to TMZ. The guy was larger than life & so many wrestlers that came after & made money in the business probably owe Big Duss some sort of gratitude. He was all he was cracked up to be & more. For me, there was nothing like a Dusty blade & sell job. I used to stare at his photos in the magazines of him & his Rand McNally roadmap forehead as a kid & imagine the pain & abuse this man endured at the hands of guys like Jos Leduc, Mark Lewin, Abdullah The Butcher, Bruiser Brody, Pak Song, Ole Anderson, Ivan Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, Bob Roop, Billy Graham, The Sheik, The Spoiler, The Funk Brothers, The Zambuie Express, King Curtis, etc, etc.

I used to put any color picture of him where he was bleeding & his bleach blond hair was soaked in blood on my wall lol. One of my favorite color posters as a kid was a big 35" × 25" pic of him & Superstar Graham in their infamous MSG Bullrope match blowoff all covered in blood.

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bpickering wrote: Is there a major promotion did not work in. AWA,NWA,WCW,WWF,ECW,TNA,ROH worked in them all.
No.  Dusty worked everywhere.  He was basically the #2 draw worldwide behind Andre from '76 to '86, and after he retired from full time ring work, he was still in demand amongst any promotion that would work with him and could afford to pay him.  NXT is the biggest promotion in the last 30 years that he didn't wrestle in, but he did so much behind the scenes that it pretty much counts as "work".  



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srossi wrote: WTF happened?  He was on TV until fairly recently and seemed to be in good health. 

R.I.P.


It's funny. If you saw a regular guy looking like Dusty Rhodes did, and didn't know any better, you would think you were looking at a guy with one foot in the grave. Dusty looked horrible in his recent appearances, but he looked horrible for the last 20 years. He looked horrible when he was an active wrestler, but he was an anomaly. He was that athletic guy who looked completely nonathletic. 

I'm shocked he died. I kinda thought he would live forever.

Sad day. 

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The passing of Dusty Rhodes was covered tonight by WPIX channel 11 in New York City during their 10 PM broadcast during the sports coverage.

Sports anchor Scott Stanford (the WWE announcer) had Jim Ross on discussing Rhodes' passing earlier today.

The segment opened with clips of Dusty Rhodes' WWE Hall of Fame induction. Stanford noted Rhodes was a "pop culture icon."

Ross commented that Dusty was a larger than life pop culture hero and people recognized him because he sounded different, he looked different and was a trailblazer who did things that wrestlers before him had not done.

Ross said that Rhodes showed that with charisma and heart, you could connect with the audience and that you didn't need to be a bodybuilder to make it in pro wrestling.

He noted Rhodes was the son of a plumber in Texas and always portrayed himself as a "blue collar hero."

Stanford closed the segment noting Dusty was gone "way too soon."



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By the way, I reported this to the board, but didn't say anything about it myself at that time. The reason is, I was pretty much not able to give any opinion or feeling because I was so stunned.

People keep saying that "Dusty doesn't look good" after every appearance. What everybody doesn't realize, anybody over 50 that gets the lap band to lose weight NEVER looks good afterward. Big Dust dropped about 120 lbs in the last four years of his life and did it the healthy way. He was fucking OLD in not only wrestler years, but in 'overweight by 75+lbs for his entire adult life' years. I hate to say this, but I fully expected to be mourning the loss of Ric Flair long before I ever had to be upset about losing Dusty Rhodes. I started watching WWF in 1982, and got cable in 1984. I started watching Dusty on World Wide Wrestling, then in '85 on TBS (which was like bizarro world when I saw Flair cheered on WWW and booed on TBS). Dusty was my favorite NWA wrestler at that time. Listeneing to him talk, and watching him take beatings, bleed, and come back to win or lose by DQ was always believable to me. I ALWAYS liked Dusty Rhodes, even (and maybe more so) when he came to the WWF as the Americana ________ every week. From plumber, to gas station guy, to pizza delivery guy, to garbage man pre Duke Droese...I LOVED the idea of Big Dust coming to the WWF to at least fight for the IC belt. It didn't work out great, but it was fun.

When Dusty went back to the NWA, he only wrestled on the Japan PPV, and I thought it was over...but when he showed up in ECW to fight Corino, I legit paid for the PPV that they were in just to see the match. Not to mention the half assed attempt at turning him heel in WCW the year before that got me interested just because of the dynamic he built with Scott Hall. I even enjoyed his time in TNA when things were all over the place - I could feel his fingerprints on some of the product and wished he had full control on the booking.
I haven't felt this shitty about a wrestler dying since Eddie Guerrero...and he was still active. Dusty was the best of his era, wrestling ability aside, and nobody has replaced him since retirement. It's a really REALLY bad day. RIP to the original Stardust.



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RIP to Dusty- a true legend of wrestling.

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Superstar wrote: By the way, I reported this to the board, but didn't say anything about it myself at that time. The reason is, I was pretty much not able to give any opinion or feeling because I was so stunned.

People keep saying that "Dusty doesn't look good" after every appearance. What everybody doesn't realize, anybody over 50 that gets the lap band to lose weight NEVER looks good afterward. Big Dust dropped about 120 lbs in the last four years of his life and did it the healthy way. He was fucking OLD in not only wrestler years, but in 'overweight by 75+lbs for his entire adult life' years. I hate to say this, but I fully expected to be mourning the loss of Ric Flair long before I ever had to be upset about losing Dusty Rhodes. I started watching WWF in 1982, and got cable in 1984. I started watching Dusty on World Wide Wrestling, then in '85 on TBS (which was like bizarro world when I saw Flair cheered on WWW and booed on TBS). Dusty was my favorite NWA wrestler at that time. Listeneing to him talk, and watching him take beatings, bleed, and come back to win or lose by DQ was always believable to me. I ALWAYS liked Dusty Rhodes, even (and maybe more so) when he came to the WWF as the Americana ________ every week. From plumber, to gas station guy, to pizza delivery guy, to garbage man pre Duke Droese...I LOVED the idea of Big Dust coming to the WWF to at least fight for the IC belt. It didn't work out great, but it was fun.

When Dusty went back to the NWA, he only wrestled on the Japan PPV, and I thought it was over...but when he showed up in ECW to fight Corino, I legit paid for the PPV that they were in just to see the match. Not to mention the half assed attempt at turning him heel in WCW the year before that got me interested just because of the dynamic he built with Scott Hall. I even enjoyed his time in TNA when things were all over the place - I could feel his fingerprints on some of the product and wished he had full control on the booking.
I haven't felt this shitty about a wrestler dying since Eddie Guerrero...and he was still active. Dusty was the best of his era, wrestling ability aside, and nobody has replaced him since retirement. It's a really REALLY bad day. RIP to the original Stardust.


Always believable to me too.  He didn't wrestle a ton of holds, but I don't get the hate for his in-ring work that so many feel.  I always felt he was one of those guys that could make anyone look good and every match was very good.

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Yesterday my father passed away with his four children, my daughter and his wife of 38 yrs. he was our hero and the greatest father in the world. He is the reason why I am who I am today. He taught me so so many lessons in life. He had 1 thing that he wanted to be and that was he wanted to be forever young. Now he is. Now he is dancing with angels in heaven. He was my mentor, my hero and a dad that I strive to be like. I love you dad. Thank you for all the overwhelmingly amount of love and support. He would have been on cloud 9 with this. Thank you all. Dustin Runnels



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