June 12, 2015 by Joey Keogh
Incredibly sad news broke yesterday that WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes has passed away at the age of 69.
Rhodes embodied wrestling; at first glance people would dismiss the larger man for not sporting the traditional wrestler’s physique, but as soon as he spoke and they saw that glint in his eye – particularly during his poetic and captivating promo work – or stepped into that squared circle, fans around the world were captivated and holding on to his every word.
Every fan wanted the lifestyle of Ric Flair, but the majority were really the embodiment of the Common Man Dusty Rhodes and we are all luckier for it, and for him.
The American Dream cut realistic, heartfelt promos and was part of one of the greatest feuds in the history of professional wrestling, against Ric Flair and The Four Horsemen.
He consistently poured everything he had into his wrestling but he has given so much more to the business than he’s given credit for, as any current fan of NXT will be familiar with his endearing and enthusiastic approach to new talent. We have Rhodes to thank for microphone maestros such as Ambrose, Rollins and Owens.
Most importantly, though, Dusty Rhodes loved wrestling just as much, if not more, as we fans do. His life was devoted to sports entertainment and he has left a massive hole in this wonderful business, which truly wouldn’t have been the same without his involvement.
It is with a truly heavy heart that we post this. Wrestling has lost one of the real greats and the entire pro-wrestling world will be at a loss as a result. Dream well, Dusty.