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#1 Posted on 11.6.15 1315.17
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    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 at the age of 69.

    Runnels 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 ended.

    WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.
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#2 Posted on 11.6.15 1316.27
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That fuckin sucks.
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#3 Posted on 11.6.15 1320.27
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Hitting the pay windah in the sky.

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#5 Posted on 11.6.15 1327.35
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Christopher Lee and now Dream. This week really sucks. Hard times, indeed.
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#6 Posted on 11.6.15 1332.01
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Oh man...
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#7 Posted on 11.6.15 1359.27
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For me, a child of the '70s, you didn't have Flair without Rhodes. Sting was the later feud, and that was also engrossing for a young Tracker, but Dusty and Flair -- incorporating Dusty vs. the Horsemen -- was THE blood supply of NWA. He also got worked over by the Road Warriors in a horrifying moment at the Atlanta studios. And he came back. Dude always came back. And the baby Doll angle was so, so good.

His WWF run was an aberration. It never looked right, even if it gave us a fantastic entrance theme.

But the man is my favorite talker in the business, to this day. I mean, all of us can trade Dustyisms all day long. He was far from eloquent, but he was a powerful speaker. The promo where he begged Dustin to let him join the fight against Col. Parker's guys is mandatory viewing. I DON'T NEED NO HANDSHAKE.

I mean, JESUS.

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#8 Posted on 11.6.15 1402.35
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Man, what a loss for the business. Dusty was a constant goldmine of good ideas, even at this point in his life. Really, really sad news.
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#9 Posted on 11.6.15 1420.45
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So sad to hear this. A true legend of the game.
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#10 Posted on 11.6.15 1422.47
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That "View never changes" promo choked me up a bit and made me miss my dad. Thanks for putting that up.

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#11 Posted on 11.6.15 1440.48
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    But the man is my favorite talker in the business, to this day. I mean, all of us can trade Dustyisms all day long. He was far from eloquent, but he was a powerful speaker. The promo where he begged Dustin to let him join the fight against Col. Parker's guys is mandatory viewing. I DON'T NEED NO HANDSHAKE.

    I mean, JESUS.

"But where's the money?", asked no one ever.

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#12 Posted on 11.6.15 1447.35
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Have you got a link CRZ to that Dusty interview posted here way back?
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#13 Posted on 11.6.15 1454.46
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#14 Posted on 11.6.15 1504.08
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When people who weren't Letterman fans were talking about not getting the hoopla around his retirement, I tried to explain to them that even if they didn't personally like Letterman, they almost surely liked someone who was influenced by him.

Same goes for Dusty. He impacted so many guys, that even if you didn't grow up with him (and I didn't, really), you surely grew up having felt his influence. It would be almost impossible not to.

A whole new stratosphere is reserved for Dusty now. RIP.

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#15 Posted on 11.6.15 1507.08
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Thank you kind sir.
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#16 Posted on 11.6.15 1525.19
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Aw, I'm sorry to hear that the Dream is gone. I wasn't yet a wrestling fan back in his heyday, but I have heard so many Dusty stories from just about everyone in the business that I almost feel as if I had been.
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#17 Posted on 11.6.15 1529.26
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Oh no

I was always kind of bummed he wasn't on camera more the last 10-15 years. Thanks for the memories. Time to binge watch some Dusty matches.

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#18 Posted on 11.6.15 1534.27
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Very sad news. I first saw him as The American Dream but as I grew older I found the classic Dusty and am very glad that I did. RIP Sir.
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#19 Posted on 11.6.15 2336.34
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To be honest, the few times I saw him wrestle I wasn't very impressed. But whenever he had an interview or a promo, I was captivated. it didn't matter if it was a serious bit like the 'hard times' promo or 'the view never changes' or if it was goofy stuff like when he was an announcer gushing about "he's got a bicycle!", Dusty Rhodes was always entertaining to listen to.

It's interesting (to me at least) to note that on Instagram there were plenty of tributes among the young WWE & NXT wrestlers who probably got into wrestling after Dusty's heyday, especially among the divas like Summer Rae and Lana among others. They really went into detail about how Dusty was a great presence for their development. I think it speaks to his influence that even to the very end, he wasn't just a legendary wrestler but he was also a man who was very involved in creating wrestling into what it is today. He may be gone but his teachings and ideas will stay alive and be an important part of how we view wrestling for a long time to come. RIP and godspeed on your trip back home to the mothership, Dusty.
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#20 Posted on 12.6.15 0143.58
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Sweet like pastry.

Flowed like a rhyme.

And you can bet your bottom dollar, you couldn't touch the Dream in his prime.

"The View Never Changes","Hard Times", Wargames......the Dusty Finish. The man left a huge legacy.

I suddenly find myself not as upset about the ending to the Elimination Chamber main as I was.

Godspeed, sir.
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