9 items from 2015
Goodness, hasn’t this one hit us for six.
The wrestling world is reeling at the news that the legendary ‘American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes is no longer with us. Real name Virgil Runnels Jr, he was and will forever be one of the most influential men in the history of professional wrestling; a man who inspired generations.
For it was this multi-promotion Hall of Famer who lived his American Dream. A man who made the most of what he was given, Rhodes treated us to some of the greatest rivalries and matches through the history of the sport; even while he boasted something of an unfavourable look and unmistakeable lisp. Rhodes embraced his characteristics, used them to his advantage and soared over the course of his distinguished career, which spanned nearly 40 years by all accounts.
Rhodes was far from the archetypal, modern-day WWE Superstar, but he’ll forever »
- Scott Saunders
Ric Flair considers Dusty Rhodes to have been among his ''greatest opponents and greatest friends'' in the wake of his passing. The wrestler - whose real name was Virgil Runnels, but was widely known as The American Dream - passed away aged 69 yesterday (11.06.15) and his on-screen rival has led the tributes to one of the sport's most colourful personalities. Ric told TMZ: ''Today I lost one of my greatest opponents and greatest friends. He was the definition of heart and soul and I'm honored to have shared the ring with him countless times. ''He became the 'American Dream' because wrestling needed a hero they could respect, and he was the man for the job. Dusty Rhodes, I will miss you my mentor and friend.'' Ric also tweeted: ''My mentor. Much love to your family and more respect than can ever be measured. Love you Dream. (sic)'' The Texan-born »
It’s with great sadness to report of the untimely death of wrestling legend the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, aged 69.
According to TMZ, emergency personnel responded to Dusty’s home in Orlando, Fl at 5:56 Am Wednesday morning after getting a call reporting he had taken a fall. According to F4WOnline, his kidneys were shutting down and he started to get dehydrated.
Rhodes (whose real name was Virgil Runnels) was arguably the biggest wrestler that really made a name for himself in the 1970s. He worked mostly in the Florida territory as well as the southern United States, while also working as the booker of Jim Crockett Promotions throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s as well. He was one of the biggest babyfaces in the southern Us during the majority of his in-ring career.
As a booker he was known for doing a lot »
- John Canton
11:37 Am Pt -- Officials tell us ... emergency personnel responded to Dusty's home in Orlando, Fl at 5:56 Am Wednesday morning after getting a call reporting a 69-year-old male had taken a fall. We're told Rhodes was transported to a nearby hospital ... where he eventually passed away Thursday morning. We're told Dusty's immediate family raced to be by his side as soon as they learned he was in the hospital. Our sources tell us Dusty »
- TMZ Staff
Well, today turned out to be a sucky day. Not only have we lost both Ron Moody and Christopher Lee, Paul “Triple H” Levesque announced on Twitter the passing of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes at the age of 69.
One of the most charismatic entertainers of all-time in the industry, Dusty Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels) dominated the sport of professional wrestling during the 70s and 80s with classic fueds against the likes of Ric Flair. He was a 3-time Nwa Champion and a WWE Hall of Famer.
“Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit,” the WWE.com website writes. “Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended. »
- Luke Owen
Hall of Fame wrestler Virgil Runnels, aka "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, died Thursday at the age of 69, the WWE announced. No cause of death was given. Rhodes, one of wrestling's most charismatic figures, first entered the ring in 1968 and was active until 2007. During that time, he was a three-time Nwa World Heavyweight Champion. Rhodes played the underdog role of the "Common Man" and was known as much for his promo skills on the microphone as his wrestling moves. Rhodes was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 by his two sons, Dustin and
- Dave McCoy
Virgil Runnels, better known as "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, died Thursday at age 69. In a statement to E! News, the WWE said it is "deeply saddened" to lose the "WWE Hall of Famer, three-time Nwa Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history." The organization also noted that Virgil "became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had »
WWE star Dusty Rhodes, also known as “the American Dream,” died on Thursday. He was 69.
WWE confirmed the news in a statement: “”WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka ‘the American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes — WWE Hall of Famer, three-time Nwa Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history — passed away today.”
Triple H broke the news on Twitter.
Rhodes, who rose to stardom in the 1980s and 1990s, was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
“WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues,” the company said.
Saddened to hear the passing of Dusty Rhodes. Legend, teacher, mentor, friend…Love you Dream #BookinAintEasyKid pic.twitter.com/ZxlGSgKB8J
— Triple H (@TripleH) June 11, 2015
- Variety Staff
WWE fans are mourning the death of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes (real name: Virgil Runnels), who died Thursday, June 11. He was 69. The wrestling empire confirmed the news in a statement to Us Weekly, describing the WWE Hall of Famer as "one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history." "Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews, and his indomitable spirit," the statement read. "Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars [...] »
9 items from 2015
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