Dusty Rhodes - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Dusty Rhodes, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. was born in Austin, Texas on October 12, 1945.

He died on June 11, 2015 at the age of 69.

Dusty Rhodes was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 as an individual, in the WCW Hall of Fame in 1995, in the NJPW Hall of Fame in 1990 as part of the NJPW Greatest 18 Club wing, in the NWA Hall of Fame in 2011 and in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2010 as part of the Modern Era wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.
  • Ring Names
    • Dusty Rhodes ( May 28, 1968 - June 12, 2015)
    • The Midnight Rider ( January 2, 1983 - September 24, 1984)
    • Uvalde Slim ( September 29, 1976 - March 10, 1981)
    • Dusty Runnels ( October 16, 1967 - May 12, 1968)
  • Born October 12, 1945
  • Died June 11, 2015 (aged 69)
  • Nationality Nationality: United StatesUnited States
  • Birth Place Austin, Texas
  • Billed From
    • Austin, Texas
  • Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
  • Weight
    • 289 lbs (131 kg)
  • Nicknames The American Dream; The Son of a Plumber; The Common Man

Career History

  • Roles
    • Coach ( May 17, 2012 - June 12, 2015)
    • Producer ( January 2, 1985 - June 12, 2015)
    • Commissioner ( May 17, 2012 - September 12, 2013)
    • Part Time Wrestler ( January 30, 1991 - July 22, 2007)
    • Wrestler ( October 16, 1967 - January 29, 1991)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE September 1, 2005 June 12, 2015
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand NXT May 17, 2012 September 12, 2013
    Promotion TNA / Impact WrestlingTNA January 15, 2003 May 1, 2005
    Promotion HustleHUSTLE January 4, 2004 May 8, 2004
    Promotion Extreme Championship WrestlingECW January 28, 2000 January 13, 2001
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW January 30, 1991 January 1, 2000
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF May 29, 1989 January 19, 1991
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW November 21, 1988 January 17, 1989
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA January 28, 1968 January 17, 1989
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP January 12, 1984 November 20, 1988
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA June 10, 1984 April 28, 1986
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP April 30, 1981 February 5, 1983
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight October 26, 1979 April 1, 1982
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP May 20, 1979 September 1, 1979
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP February 20, 1975 November 27, 1977
    Promotion Continental Wrestling AssociationCWA April 24, 1977 June 19, 1977
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW November 14, 1975 December 11, 1975
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA January 8, 1972 September 20, 1975
    Promotion International Wrestling EnterpriseIWE June 18, 1973 July 15, 1973
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Face January 2, 2000 June 12, 2015
    Heel January 24, 1998 January 1, 2000
    Face May 14, 1974 January 23, 1998
    Heel October 16, 1967 May 13, 1974
  • Images History
    Jan 2003
    Jan 2003
    Aug 1992
    Aug 1992
    May 1989
    May 1989
    Jan 1968
    Jan 1968

  • Finishers
    • Bionic Elbow - Elbow Drop to the head of a standing oppponent ( January 8, 1972 - July 22, 2007)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Common Man Boogie" by Jimmy Hart & J.J. Maguire - Single ( September 1, 2005 - June 12, 2015)
    • Theme Song "Leather" by Dale Oliver - Single ( January 15, 2003 - May 1, 2005)
    • Theme Song "This is Why (I Sing the Blues)" by Reckless Fortune - Single ( January 28, 2000 - January 13, 2001)
    • Theme Song "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Seger - Single ( January 30, 1991 - January 1, 2000)
    • Theme Song "Rockhouse" by Jimmy Hart e H.Helm - with nWo - Team ( January 24, 1998 - November 30, 1998)
    • Theme Song "Common Man Boogie" by Jimmy Hart & J.J. Maguire - Single ( May 29, 1989 - January 19, 1991)
    • Theme Song "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Seger - Single ( January 2, 1985 - January 17, 1989)
    • Theme Song "Midnight Rider" by Willie Nelson - Single ( September 10, 1970 - September 22, 1987)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2007, Individual
    • WCW Hall of Fame - Year 1995, Individual
    • NJPW Hall of Fame - Year 1990, NJPW Greatest 18 Club
    • NWA Hall of Fame - Year 2011, Individual
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2010, Modern Era
  • National Wrestling Alliance

    National Wrestling Alliance & Jim Crockett Promotions

  • 50th State Big Time Wrestling

    • NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version)

    Big Time Wrestling

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit Version) (with Dick Murdoch)

    Central States Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (with Dick Murdoch)

    Championship Wrestling from Florida

    • 10 NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship
    • 2 NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version)
    • 1 NWA Florida Bahamian Championship
    • 1 NWA Florida Global Tag Team Championship (with Magnum T.A.)
    • 4 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 with Dick Murdoch, 1 with Dick Slater, 1 with Bobo Brazil, 1 with André the Giant)
    • 2 NWA Florida Television Championship
    • 7 NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)
    • 2 NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (1 with Bugsy McGraw, 1 with Blackjack Mulligan)

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA National Heavyweight Championship

    International Wrestling Alliance (Australia)

    • 1 IWA World Tag Team Championship (with Dick Murdoch)

    Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling / Jim Crockett Promotions

    • 2 NWA World Television Championship
    • 1 NWA United States Heayvweight Championshi
    • 1 NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (with Buff Bagwell)
    • 2 NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (with The Road Warriors)
    • 2 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 with Dick Slater, 1 with Manny Fernandez)

    NWA Big Time Wrestling

    • 2 NWA American Tag Team Championship (1 with Baron Von Raschke, 1 with Dick Murdoch)
    • 2 NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas version)

    NWA Detroit

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit Version) (with Dick Murdoch)

    NWA San Francisco

    • 1 NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (San Francisco version)

    NWA Tri-State

    • 1 NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Tri-State version)
    • 1 NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version) (with André the Giant)

    National Wrestling Federation

    • 1 NWF World Tag Team Championship (with Dick Murdoch)

    Pro Wrestling Federation (Florida)

    • 1 PWF Heavyweight Championship

    World Championship Wrestling (Australia)

    • 1 IWA World Tag Team Championship (with Dick Murdoch)
  • Other Accomplishments
    • WWE Bronze Statue (2016)
    • NWA Legends Hall of Heroes induction (class of 2016)
    • JCP Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament Winner (1987 - with Nikita Koloff)
    • JCP Bunkhouse Stampede Winner (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
    • NWA Georgia Cadillac Cup Winner (1984)
    • NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship Tournament Winner (1978)
    • NWA United States Tag Team Championship Tournament Winner (1980 – with Bugsy McGraw)
    • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2017)
    • WWE Slammy Award - "Say What?!" Quote of the Year (2013 - "One stipulation: I'm in my boys' corner and I'll be your huckleberry all night long")
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (1977, 1978)
    • PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1978, 1979, 1987)
    • PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (1987)
    • PWI Feud of the Year (1987 - with Nikita Koloff & Road Warriors vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, & Lex Luger)
    • PWI Match of the Year (1979 - vs. Harley Race 21/08)
    • PWI Match of the Year (1986 - vs. Ric Flair, Cage match at NWA The Great American Bash)
    • PWI Stanley Weston Award Winner (2013)
    • 11° in PWI Years Top 500 (2003)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (class of 1996)
    • WON Best Babyface (1980)
    • WON Most Charismatic (1982 - tied with Ric Flair)
    • WON Best Booker (1986)
    • WON Biggest Shock of the Year (1989 - for joining WWF)

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