“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes may have been a hard timer inside the squared circle, but in reality, he was a big timer in the eyes of the fans who grew up watching him. After the news about his sudden passing (via CNN) hit the airwaves, people were stunned. The WWE will give the fans one more look into the life and times of “The American Dream.”
According to Wrestling Zone, the WWE will air a special celebrating the in-ring exploits of Dusty Rhodes. The one-hour special will air on the WWE Network starting after Monday Night Raw. It is the WWE’s intent to do right by one of their most recognized superstars.
— WrestlingNews.Co (@WrestlingNewsCo) June 13, 2015
Dusty Rhodes had an everyman’s type of quality to him that just about anyone, whether a person followed wrestling or not, could find at least one thing relatable about him. His in-ring persona was that of the common man. He dazzled fans with stories of having “humble beginnings.” “The American Dream” had a charm to him that made the casual wrestling voyeur listen and watch intently.
The outpouring words that people have had for him is inspiring. From CNN to ABC News, all reporting on his passing gives you the sense of how much he was loved by all. There was even the silent 10-count of the bell at the Premier Boxing Championship Chicago card in his honor. It was a nice touch and a show of class by a boxing community that has borrowed quite a bit of “The American Dream’s” charisma and microphone chops.
— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) June 12, 2015
And now he gets one hour to be immortalized on the WWE Network, by the community he helped make it to the heights that it is now. The Dusty Rhodes tribute on the WWE Network will no doubt have a few of his famed promos. Fans are going to want to see the “hard times” promo spot that really put him over the top with them. They are also going to want to see at least one of his famous matches.
Either one of the matches that Dusty Rhodes had at the Great American Bash in consecutive years would be perfect. The one against Tully Blanchard in 1985 was brilliant. Rhodes’ match versus Ric Flair at the 1986 Great American Bash was iconic. The man who dealt with and understood “hard times” never looked better.
Fans will assuredly see “The American Dream” bring his sons, Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), together after their in-ring spat began tearing them apart as a tag team.
There are other memorable moments from the life of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes many people can all recall. Thanks to the WWE, their special airing on the WWE Network will immortalize him forever.
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