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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 12 October 1945Austin, Texas, USA
Date of Death 11 June 2015Orlando, Florida, USA  (kidney failure)
Birth NameVirgil Riley Runnels
Nicknames The American Dream
The Bull of the Woods
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

"The American Dream" has been one of the most popular and colorful professional wrestlers in history. Rhodes began wrestling in the 1960s and gained a reputation as a fast-talking, hard-rocking wrestler. He teamed early in his career with fellow Texan, the late Dick Murdoch, and, for more than 20 years, they wreaked havoc in on- and off-again tag team appearances. Rhodes, always a tough brawler with a few "scientific" moves, finally won his first NWA World heavyweight championship by beating "Handsome" Harley Race in 1979. Although his first title reign would last less than a week, Rhodes managed to capture the NWA title on two more occasions. Today, Rhodes runs a small promotion called "Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling" and continues to wrestle. His son, Dustin Runnels, appears as "Golddust" on Spike TV's WWE Raw (1993) series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (2)

Michelle Rubio (17 August 1978 - 11 June 2015) (his death) (1 child)
Sandra (26 August 1965 - 27 March 1975) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Always wears cowboy boots when wrestling
Finishing move: The Bionic Elbow
Using a cowbell as a weapon

Trivia (29)

Three-time NWA/WCW Heavyweight Champion.
Professional wrestler.
Competed in the first mixed tag team match (teaming with Juanita Wright [aka "Sapphire"]) at WrestleMania VI (1990).
Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame of May 21st, 1995.
A former rodeo star.
Broke in under the direction of Fritz Von Erich.
Father of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) performer Dustin Runnels, (aka "Goldust").
Has performed onstage with such singers as Willie Nelson and David Allan Coe.
In addition to holding the NWA World title, Rhodes has held many other wrestling titles, including the 'NWA' World tag title (several versions, including the most famous JCP version), the 'NWA' U.S. title (Roy Shire and JCP versions), National heavyweight championship, American tag championship, Southern heavyweight championship, Florida heavyweight championship, U.S. tag championship, North American tag championship, and World television championship (JCP version).
Three-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World heavyweight champion.
Was the booker (head writer) for Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) from 1984 to 1988. Later held the same job for Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Notable title wins include: NWA North American tag team title w/Dick Murdoch; NWA Heart of America title; NWA Brass Knuckles title; NWA Florida tag team title w/Dick Murdock; NWA North American title; NWA Florida tag team titles w/Dick Slater; NWA Florida tag team titles w/Bobo Brazil; NWA Florida tag team titles w/André the Giant; NWA Southern title (7); NWA Florida title (10); NWA Georgia title; NWA United States tag team title w/Andre The Giant; NWA United States tag team title w/Mick Foley (aka "The Spoiler"); NWA World Title (4); NWA U.S. tag team title w/Bugsy McGraw; Global tag team title w/'Magnum TA'; NWA United States tag team title w/Bob Windham (aka "Blackjack Mulligan"); NWA World tag team title w/Manny Fernandez; NWA Television title (2); NWA National title (awarded); NWA World Six-man tag team trophy w/Roadwarriors (2); NWA United States Title; PWF title; Florida Championship Wrestling title.
Played college football at the University of West Texas.
Did a radio appearance on WWBA in Tampa with Shannon Rose. Rhodes blamed the state of the business on fans thinking they are smart, 9/28/02.
Opened Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, which primarily promotes matches in the Southeast.
Many of the promotons he has worked for over the years include the NWA, PWF, WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, NWA-TNA and the Ring of Honor.
Brother-in-law of wrestlers Jerry Saganowich and Fred Ottman (aka "Tugboat").
Former NWA-TNA Director of Authority.
Won the 1988 Bunkhouse Stampede.
His son Cody Rhodes is a performer in WWE as well (2008).
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.
Was good friends with John Belushi.
Ex-father-in-law of Terri Runnels.
WWE Hall of Famer.
Published author.
Has signed a 'legends contract' with WWE. [August 2005]
Makes occasional appearances on "Total Nonstop Action" pay-per-view broadcasts (under the sanction of the National Wrestling Alliance). Also runs his own company, Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, which promotes live shows throughout the southeastern United States. [January 2003]
Inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame by sons Dustin Runnels and Cody Rhodes on March 31st, 2007. [March 2007]
Was a fan of the New York Yankees.

Personal Quotes (1)

I've wined and dined with kings and queens and I've slept in alleys and dined on pork and beans.

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