Pro wrestler Dusty Rhodes has passed away at the age of 69 due to a fall early this morning. Born Virgil Runnels, Jr. in Texas, he played West Texas football until he broke into pro wrestling in the mid-60’s. He started out as a member of the heel tag team known as the Texas Outlaws with the late Dick Murdoch. Then he would reinvent himself to become the common man wrestler known as the American Dream. His charisma and mic promo skills have lead to be 3-time NWA World Champion. Rhodes had great feuds with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Terry Funk, Kevin Sullivan, Barry Windham, Ted Dibiase, and many other legends that are too numerous to list throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
Dusty Rhodes also had great political savvy in pro wrestling’s behind the scenes for many promotions like NWA Crockett, Florida, WCW, Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, TNA, and now WWE. Unlike other legends, he has evolved with the times in the wrestling business. He has mentored many great wrestlers and was involved in WWE’s developmental promotion, NXT, until his passing. Rhodes’ contributions to the wrestling business are indelible and irreplaceable. Dusty will be missed by his family, friends, fans, and the wrestling community worldwide.