June 11th, 2015 was a sad, sad day for wrestling fans around the world. We unexpectedly lost one of the greatest performers of all time.
So today on Throwback Thursday, we remember “The American Dream”.
Let’s go all the way back to 1977. Dusty Rhodes was set to make an appearance in Memphis, TN. Here’s footage of the interview leading up to his big match with The King!
Certainly one of the very best promo men the wrestling business has ever seen. Dusty Rhodes captivated an audience with his charisma, style and showmanship. He could talk you into the building, by himself.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with Dusty Rhodes in 2010, while I was under contract with WWE. You always knew when he was in the room. He was so respected, you could feel it. I remember always wanting to do my very best for him, no matter what.
Quick story: As he taught promo class one morning, Dream asked me to stand up and share a story with everyone. I had told him previously that my parents named me after Dusty Rhodes himself. I was known as Dusty all throughout my childhood. He was proud of that and had me share it with the crew.
“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes – you will be missed.
Fact: In 2010, Dusty Rhodes tagged up with his sons Goldust & Cody Rhodes to face off against The Dude Busters & Curt Hawkins in a six-man tag team match. I was there and witnessed it live. Dream received a standing ovation from the locker room afterward. That was Dusty Rhodes’ last match.
Next week: We will take a look back at the late “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.
Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and Cerrito Live. Follow him @DustinStarr.