Words like “legend” get tossed around far too often in numerous different avenues of life, and that includes the world of professional wrestling. The line that separates all-time great World Wrestling Entertainment performers from those who are true legends may be fine, but it does indeed exist. With that pointed out, there can be no question that “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes was a true legend of the industry that he helped make better across multiple organizations for decades. From his days as an active competitor in the National Wrestling Alliance and the World Wrestling Federation to the work that he did behind the scenes in World Championship Wrestling and the WWE, Rhodes was a one-of-a-kind personality who will be missed.
Rhodes did not, per his own words, look like a top-tier athlete “of his day” during his prime years as a wrestler. He was never noted for being the best in-ring worker in the industry. His skills on the microphone were unmatched by his peers as it pertained to selling cards and matches all around the country, and it was those memorable promos that have lived on thanks to the WWE Network and thanks to video websites that helped make Rhodes one of the top babyface wrestlers to ever perform in national organizations. While there is, among wrestling fans and insiders, one particular Dusty Rhodes promo that often comes to mind, any of the ten featured in this piece could realistically be atop the list.
10 Horsemen Beatdown
9 Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech
8 Don't take a deep breath!
7 Baby Doll turns on Dusty Rhodes
6 My name is the Midnight Rider
5 The View Never Changes
4 Cold-Blooded Sausage Maker
3 Pork N' Beans
2 Hard Times
1 True Grit: “I'm Breathing!”
One of the negatives about the existence of the WWE Network is that certain promos and other memorable wrestling moments that were once viewable for free have since been blocked by the company. Those of you who can find access to the first few minutes of the original 1988 Starrcade broadcast can hear portions of the promo that Dusty Rhodes cut leading up the match involving Rhodes and Sting taking on the Road Warriors. Rhodes, who had one of his eyes “spiked” by the Road Warriors during the feud, had the following words for his opponents: “If Sting has to carry me on his back, damn it all...if he has to drag me in a wagon...I'm breathing! You understand what I'm saying?!? I'm breathing! You should have got it done. It's violence for the sake of violence. But I will turn it around...to MY violence. To MY thunder. To MY lightening bolt.”
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