Pro Wrestler Profile - Dusty Rhodes

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)
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight
  • 289 lbs (131 kg)
Born October 12, 1945
Died June 11, 2015 (aged 69)
Birth Place Austin, Texas
Billed From
  • Austin, Texas
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)
  • Wrestler ( October 16, 1967 - July 22, 2007)
Companies / Promotions
Promotionfromto
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWE September 1, 2005 June 12, 2015
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWEBrand NXT May 17, 2012 September 12, 2013
Promotion Impact WrestlingTNA January 15, 2003 May 1, 2005
Promotion Extreme Championship WrestlingECW January 28, 2000 January 13, 2001
Promotion World Championship Wrestling WCW January 30, 1991 January 1, 2000
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWE May 29, 1989 January 19, 1991
Promotion World Championship Wrestling WCW November 2, 1988 January 17, 1989
Promotion American Wrestling Association AWA June 10, 1984 April 28, 1986
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance NWA January 28, 1968 November 1, 1988
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPW October 26, 1979 April 1, 1982
Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW November 14, 1975 December 11, 1975
Promotion American Wrestling Association AWA January 8, 1972 September 20, 1975
Face / Heel Turns
Alignmentfromto
Face January 2, 2000 June 12, 2015
Heel January 24, 1998 January 1, 2000
Face October 16, 1967 January 23, 1998
Images
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

Hall of Fame
  • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2007, Individual
Titles Won

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
  • 1 NWA World 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 World Heavyweight Championship
  • 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 / World Championship Wrestling

  • 1 NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • 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)
  • WCW Hall of Fame induction (class of 1995)
  • NWA Hall of Fame induction (class of 2011)
  • 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)
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum induction (class of 2010)
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2017)
  • 2013 WWE Slammy Award - "Say What?!" Quote of the Year
  • 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 the PWI Years Top 500 (2003)

Relations

Tag Teams & Stables
Wrestlers managed Goldust / Dustin Rhodes
Family
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