[Dusty Rhodes Gallery]
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Wrestler: Dusty Rhodes
Real Name: Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.
Birthday: October 12, 1945
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Marital Status: Married to Michelle
Height & Weight: 6'2" - 302 lbs.
Trained by:
Debut: 1968
Previous Gimmicks: The American Dream
Finishing Move: Figure-4 Leglock
Favorite Moves: Bionic Elbow
Notable Feuds: The Andersons
Billy Graham (WWWF)
Ivan Koloff
Tully Blanchard
Ric Flair
Dick Slater
Bunkhouse Buck
Arn Anderson
Terry Funk
Official Website: www.dustyrhodeswrestling.com

  • NWA North American Tag Team titles w/Dick Murdoch defeating Terry & Tommy Martin (November 7, 1968);
  • NWA Heart of America title defeating Tommy Martin (December 13, 1968);
  • NWA Brass Knuckles title defeating Jose Lothario (December 1, 1970);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Dick Murdock defeating Jose Lothario & Argentina Apollo (September 17, 1970);
  • NWA North American title defeating Sam Steamboat (November 15, 1972);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Dick Slater ();
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Bobo Brazil ();
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Andre The Giant ();
  • NWA Southern title (7 times between 1973 and 1982);
  • NWA Florida title (10 times between 1974 and 1980);
  • NWA Georgia title defeating The Spoiler (January 30, 1976);
  • NWA United States Tag Team titles w/Andre The Giant defeating Ernie Ladd & Stan Hansen (December 25, 1978);
  • NWA United States Tag Team titles w/the Spoiler (January, 1979);
  • NWA World Title defeating Harley Race (August 21, 1979);
  • NWA United States Tag Team titles w/Bugsy McGraw ();
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Harley Race (June 21/81);
  • Global Tag Team titles w/Magnum TA ();
  • NWA United States Tag Team titles w/Blackjack Mulligan defeating Kareem Muhammad & Elijah Akeem ();
  • NWA World Tag Team titles w/Manny Fernandez defeating Ivan Koloff & Don Kernodle ();
  • NWA Television title defeating Tully Blanchard (July 6, 1985);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Ric Flair ();
  • NWA National title awarded ();
  • NWA World Six-Man Tag Team titles w/Roadwarriors (1986);
  • NWA World Six-Man Tag Team titles w/Roadwarriors (1988);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Ric Flair (July 26, 1986);
  • NWA Television title defeating Arn Anderson (September 9, 1986);
  • NWA United States title defeating Lex Luger (November 26, 1987 - Starrcade);
  • PWF Heavyweight title defeating Big Steel Man (March 11, 1989);
  • Florida Championship Wrestling title defeating Al Perez (May 23, 1989);
  • Obsessedwithwrestling.com Hall of Fame Inductee (2006);

  • In The Beginning:
  • Dusty Rhodes played college football at the University of West Texas..

    American Wrestling Association:



    National Wrestling Alliance:
  • November 7, 1968: Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdock defeated Terry & Tommy Martin for the NWA North American tag team titles..
  • December 13, 1968: Dusty Rhodes pinned Tommy Martin for the NWA Heart of America title in St. Joseph, Missouri..
  • December 1, 1970: Dusty Rhodes defeated Jose Lothario for the NWA Brass Knuckles title in Tampa, Florida..
  • September 17, 1970: The Outlaws (Rhodes & Murdock) defeated Jose Lothario & Argentina Apollo for the NWA Florida tag team titles..
  • November 15, 1972: Dusty Rhodes defeated Sam Steamboat for the North American title..
  • 1973 to 1981: Dusty Rhodes captured three more NWA Florida tag team titles with Dick Slater, the late Bobo Brazil & Andre the Giant..
  • 1973 to 1982: Dusty Rhodes captured seven NWA Southern titles..
  • 1974 to 1980: Dusty Rhodes won ten NWA Florida Heavyweight titles..
  • January 30, 1976: Dusty Rhodes defeated the Spoiler (Don Jardine) for the NWA Georgia title..
  • December 25, 1978: Dusty Rhodes & Andre the Giant beat Ernie Ladd & Stan Hansen in the finals of a tournament for the US tag titles..
  • ~~~The following month, Rhodes again won the title this time teaming with the Spoiler..
  • August 21, 1979: Dusty Rhodes beat wrestling legend Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight title..
  • July 14, 1980: Dusty Rhodes & Bugsy McGraw teamed to capture the vacant NWA U.S. tag team title..
  • June 21, 1981: Dusty Rhodes won his second NWA World title defeating Harley Race in Atlanta, Georgia..
  • 1983: Terry Allen (Magnum T.A.) & Dusty Rhodes (as the "Midnight Rider") captured the Global tag team title..
  • November 5, 1983: Dusty Rhodes & Blackjack Mulligan beat Kareem Muhammad & Elijah Akeem Ambulakia for the US tag team titles..
  • October 24, 1984: Dusty Rhodes & Manny Fernandez defeated Ivan Koloff & Don Kernodle for the NWA World tag team titles..
  • July 6, 1985: Dusty Rhodes pinned Tully Blanchard for the NWA Television title in Charlotte, North Carolina..
  • August 3, 1985: Dusty Rhodes & Magnum T.A. defeated Nikita Koloff & Krusher Khrushchev..
  • Starrcade 1985: Dusty Rhodes pinned NWA Champion Ric Flair in to win the title!
  • December 14, 1985: Dusty Rhodes was awarded the NWA National title when champion Buddy Landel was fired..
  • 1986: The Road Warriors & Dusty Rhodes won the NWA World Six-man tag team titles..
  • February 2, 1986--MoscaMania: Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes in Hamilton, Ontario..
  • April 28, 1986 - AWA Rage in the Cage: Dusty Rhodes beat Arn Anderson in a steel cage match..
  • July 26, 1986: Dusty Rhodes pinned Ric Flair for the NWA World title..
  • September 9, 1986: Dusty Rhodes defeated Arn Anderson for the Television title in Columbia, South Carolina..
  • February 15, 1987--MoscaMania 2: Tully Blanchard defeated Dusty Rhodes by DQ in Hamilton, Ontario..
  • Crockett Cup Tag Team tournament 1987: The Super Powers (Rhodes & Koloff) defeated Blanchard & Lex Luger in the finals..
  • Starrcade 1987: Dusty Rhodes defeated Lex Luger for the United States title in Chicago..
  • 1988: The Road Warriors & Dusty Rhodes won the NWA World Six-man tag team titles..
  • Bunkhouse Stampede 1989: Dusty Rhodes won the Bunkhouse Stampede Match!

    In The Meantime:
  • March 11, 1989: Dusty Rhodes defeated Big Steel Man in Tampa, Florida for the PWF title..
  • May 23, 1989: Dusty Rhoes defeated Al Perez for the Florida Championship Wrestling Heavyweight title..

    World Wrestling Federation:
  • August 28, 1989 - Summerslam: Dusty Rhodes defeated The Honky Tonk Man..
  • November 23, 1989 - S-Series: Dream Team (Rhodes/Taylor/Beefcake/Santana) b Enforcers (Brown/Honky/Bossman/Martel)..
  • November 25, 1989 - SNME: "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes defeated The Big Bossman..
  • January 21, 1990 - Royal Rumble: Dusty Rhodes entered the Rumble at #10 but was eliminated by Earthquake..
  • January 27, 1990 - SNME: "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs "Ravishing" Rick Rude ended in a DOUBLE COUNT OUT..
  • April 1, 1990 - Wrestlemania VI: Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire w/Elizabeth defeated Randy Savage & Queen Sherri..
  • Spring/Summer 1990: Sapphire started receiving gifts at ringside during Dusty Rhodes's matches..
  • August 27, 1990 - Summerslam: Ted DiBiase purchased the services of Sapphire, taking her away from Dusty Rhodes..
  • ~~~Randy "Macho King" Savage easily defeated the very distracted Dusty Rhodes on the same night..
  • October 13, 1990 - SNME: Randy "Macho Man" Savage defeated "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes by Countout..
  • November 22, 1990 - Survivor Series: Ted DiBiase/Rhythem & Blues/Undertaker defeated Dusty/Koko B Ware/Hart Foundation..
  • December 1990: Dusty's son Dustin Rhodes defeated Ted DiBiase in a 10-minute challenge match on Television..
  • January 19, 1991 - Royal Rumble: Ted DiBiase & Virgil defeated Dusty & Dustin Rhodes in a tag team match..

    World Championship Wrestling:
  • 1991: Dusty Rhodes signed with WCW in a creative role in the company and also as a commentator..

    Extreme Championship Wrestling:
  • ECW Living Dangerously 2000: Dusty Rhodes defeated Steve Corino in Danbury, Conn..

    World Championship Wrestling:
  • Souled Out 1998: Dusty Rhodes turned against Larry Zbyszko and WCW, joining the heel new World order..
  • WCW Greed: Dusty Rhodes and his son Dustin teamed to defeat Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett in a "Kiss My A$$" match..

    If You Will:
  • Dusty Rhodes opened Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, which primarily promoted matches in the southeast..
  • July 2002: Dusty Rhodes met with Vince McMahon regarding a booking position with the WWE but nothing became of it..
  • September 28, 2002: Dusty Rhodes did a radio appearance on WWBA in Tampa with Shannon Rose..
  • ~~~Rhodes blamed the state of the business on fans thinking they are smart..

    NWA: Total Nonstop-Action:
  • January 8, 2003 - TNA: Jeff Jarrett & Roadwarriors are attacked by S.E.X. but are saved by the suprise Dusty Rhodes!
  • January 15, 2003 - TNA: Vince Russo/Low Ki/Chris Daniels/Elix Skipper defeat Dusty Rhodes/Road Warrios/Jeff Jarrett..
  • January 22, 2003 - TNA: Dusty calls out Nikita Koloff to reform the Superpowers, but Nikita turns on Dusty!
  • February 26, 2003 - TNA: Vader & Dusty Rhodes beat Ron & Don Harris via DQ when Siaki, Desire & Nikita Koloff run in..
  • March 19, 2003 - TNA: Jeff Jarrett/DLo Brown/Dusty Rhodes beat Erik Watts/Brian Lawler/David Flair..
  • March 26, 2003 - TNA: Dusty Rhodes pins David Flair in a Bunkhouse match..
  • April 9, 2003 - TNA: Dusty Rhodes beat Brian Lawler in a Ladder match with help from Nikita Koloff!!!!
  • ~~~Later that night, Dusty tries to help Jeff Jarrett against Raven's Flock, and Jarrett accidentally whacks Dusty with a steel chair!
  • April 12, 2003 - Ring of Honor: Dusty Rhodes participates in an "I Quit Bunkhouse Riot" joining the team captained by Homicide...
  • August 13, 2003 - TNA: Dusty Rhodes & America's Most Wanted defeated Glen Gilbertti & Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger..
  • August 27, 2003 - TNA: Glen Gilbertti defeated Dusty Rhodes in a bullrope match when Chris Daniels interfered..
  • October 1, 2003 - TNA: Jeff Jarrett & Dusty Rhodes defeated AJ Styles & Vince Russo..
  • October 8, 2003 - TNA: AJ Styles defeated Dusty Rhodes to retain the World title when Dusty passed out during the figure-4..
  • October 15, 2003 - TNA: America's Most Wanted & Dusty Rhodes beat Legend, Sonny Siaki & Ekmo Fatu..
  • November 26, 2003 - TNA: Jeff Jarrett vs Dusty Rhodes went to a NO CONTEST in a Lumberjack Fan Strape match..
  • December 12, 2003--International Wrestling Cartel: Dusty Rhodes defeated Jerry Lawler with Mick Foley as the special guest referee..
  • December 13, 2003--NWA Bluegrass: Dusty Rhodes defeated Slash..
  • January 4, 2004 - Z1 Hustle-1: Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras & Sicodelico Jr. defeated Tom Howard & Steve Corino & Dusty Rhodes..
  • February 1, 2004: Dusty Rhodes is selling his NWA World Heavyweight title belt on ebay!
  • March 7, 2004 - Z1 Hustle-2: Shinjiro Otani & Satoshi Kojima defeated Dusty Rhodes & Dusty Rhodes Jr..
  • March 13, 2004 - ROH: The Carnage Crew defeated Special K in the second ever Scramble Cage Match..
  • ~~~The Carnage Crew (HC Loc//DeVito//Credible/Masada/Dusty Rhodes) ||| Special K (Dixie/Izzy/Slim J/Abyss/Hydro/Angel Dust)
  • May 8, 2004 - Z1 Hustle-3: Dusty Rhodes defeated Steve Corino..
  • May 19, 2004 - TNA: James Storm & Dusty Rhodes defeated Kid Kash & Dallas in a "Bunkhouse Brawl"..
  • June 2, 2004 - TNA: Kid Kash & Dallas defeated Dusty Rhodes & James Storm to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • June 4, 2004 - TNA Impact: Dusty Rhodes gave an interview with Mike Tenay but got punked out by NWA champ Jeff Jarrett..
  • July 14, 2004 - TNA: Ron Killings' Team defeated Jeff Jarrett's Team in a "10-Man Tag Team Guitar on a Poll" match..
  • ~~~Ron Killings' Team = Ron Killings & BG James & Konnan & Dusty Rhodes & Larry Zbyszko..
  • ~~~Jeff Jarrett's Team = Jeff Jarrett & Ken Shamrock & Onyx & Chad Collyer & Hotstuff Hernandez..
  • July 24, 2004--FIP: Dusty Rhodes defeated Gangrel..
  • August 25, 2004 - TNA PPV: Vince Russo suspended Dusty Rhodes from TNA and banned him from the Asylum..
  • August 27, 2004 - TNA Impact: Dusty Rhodes shows up in the front row, and gets attacked by Scott D'Amore and ejected again..
  • September 1, 2004 - TNA PPV: BG James/Konnan/Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) beat Eric Young/Johnny Devine/Bobby Rude..
  • September 8, 2004 - TNA PPV: Dusty Rhodes defeated Scott D'Amore with Vince Russo as the special guest referee..
  • October 2, 2004--North East Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes defeated Kamala..
  • October 23, 2004--IWA Mid South: Dusty Rhodes & Ian Rotten defeated Chris Candido & Steve Stone..
  • October 29, 2004 - TNA Impact: Dusty Rhodes starts his campaign to replace Vince Russo as the Director of Authority..
  • October 30, 2004--U of Virginia Children's Medical Center Benefit Show: Dusty Rhodes defeated Kamala..

    NWA: Total Nonstop-Action - Director of Authority:
  • November 7, 2004 - TNA Victory Road: Vince Russo is voted out by fans as Directory of Authority and replaced by Dusty Rhodes..
  • November 21, 2004 - NWA TNA: The decision is made internally for Dusty Rhodes to replace Jeff Jarrett on the booking team..
  • December 4, 2004--Carolina Championship Wrestling: RnR Express & Dusty Rhodes beat Midnight Express (Condrey/Eaton/Lane)..
  • January 8, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard..
  • January 22, 2005--Mid-Atlantic (In Korea): Dusty Rhodes & Buff Bagwel beat Terry Taylor & Rikki Nelson to win the Tag Team titles..
  • January 29, 2005 - WrestleReunion: Dusty&Dustin Rhodes & Mike Graham w/Harley Race b Kevin Sullivan & Abdullah & CM Punk..
  • February 12, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes b Tully Blanchard in a Bunkhouse match (Ron Garvin as referee)..
  • March 12, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes beat Abdullah the Butcher with Mick Foley as referee..
  • April 8, 2005 - TNA Impact: Dusty Rhodes made the on-air decision to make all matches at Lockdown PPV in Six Sides of Steel!
  • April 29, 2005 - TNA Impact: Dusty Rhodes announced that MMA fighter Tito Ortiz will referee the World title match at Hard Justice..
  • May 10, 2005: Dusty Rhodes officially resigned as head booker of TNA after a proposal to change to a booking "Committee"..

    The American Dream on the Indy Circuit:
  • April 9, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Jeff Jarrett beat Dusty Rhodes to retain the NWA title with Jimmy Valiant as referee..
  • ~~~Terry Funk interfered and whacked Dusty Rhodes with his book leading to Jeff Jarrett scoring the victory!
  • May 7, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes defeated Terry Funk in a falls count anywhere bunkhouse match..
  • May 21, 2005--NWA Mid Atlantic: Dusty Rhodes defeated Rikki Nelson..
  • May 28, 2005--GCW 1st Anniversary: Dusty Rhodes' Team defeated Tully Blanchard's Team in a War Games Cage match!
  • ~~~Dusty's Team: Jason Cross & Sonny Siaki & Damien Steele & A.J. Steele coached by Dusty Rhodes..
  • ~~~Tully's Team: David Young & The Wrestler & Chris Stevens & Greg Brown coached by Tully Blanchard..
  • ~~~~~~After the match, Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard inside the Cage with Ronnie Garvin as the special referee!
  • June 18, 2005--NWA Mid Atlantic: Dusty Rhodes beat Rikki Nelson with interference from Ricky Morton and George Hines..
  • July 15, 2005--Ballpark Brawl IV: Dusty Rhodes defeated Kid Kash..
  • July 23, 2005--FTW - Day Show: Dusty Rhodes defeated Lonestar..
  • July 23, 2005--FTW - Night Show: Dusty Rhodes defeated Jerry Lawler..
  • August 3, 2005: Dusty Rhodes met with Stephanie McMahon about a creative position in the WWE and to work with WWE 24/7..
  • August 12, 2005--Coastal Championship Wrestling: Phi Delta Slam defeated Dusty & Dustin Rhodes when Big Tilly pinned Dusty..
  • August 13, 2005--CCW: Dusty & Dustin Rhodes w/Cody Rhodes beat Phi Delta Slam (Brother Bruno & Big Tilly w/Smoothy Cain)..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - WWE Legends Contract:
  • September 1, 2005: WWE.com announced the signing of Dusty Rhodes to a new deal and is expected to join the SD! writing team..
  • August 27, 2005--WrestleReunion: There was a huge eight man tag team match futuring some of the past & present wrestlers..
  • ~~~Dusty Rhodes/Blue Meanie/Tom Prichard/DLo Brown defeated Steve Corino/Andrew Martin/Evil Clown/Masked Superstar..
  • September 10, 2005--Wrestle Reunion: Dusty Rhodes vs Terry Funk ended in a No Contest with Mick Foley as referee..
  • ~~~Funk turned heel on Foley saying it was the first time he was wrestling where he was getting paid less than the referee!
  • October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Dusty Rhodes hosted a Legends Ceremony with roughly two dozen legendary wrestlers!
  • November 19, 2005--Tribute to Starrcade: Tully Blanchard w/JJ Dillon beat Dusty Rhodes w/Magnum TA with Jimmy Valiant as ref..
  • December 3, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes defeated Terry Funk in an I Quit match inside a Cage..
  • March 4, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes defeated Jerry "The King" Lawler by Disqualification..
  • March 25, 2006--All Star Pro Wrestling: "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes defeated Lord Everette Devore..
  • April 15, 2006--Big Time Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes defeated Steve Corino in a Texas Bullrope Match..
  • April 28, 2006--EWE (Florida): Dusty Rhodes vs "Cowboy" Ron Bass ended in a No Contest with Bill Alfonso as referee..
  • May 2006: WWE released a special Dusty Rhodes DVD featuring footage from NWA, WCW, WWF, Florida and a whole lot more..
  • August 11, 2006--OVW Six Flags: Cody Runnels & Dusty Rhodes defeated Kasey James & Idol Stevens..
  • October 23, 2006 - RAW: Kenny Doane (w/All Four Members of the Spirit Squad) defeated Ric Flair w/The Flair Squad..
  • ~~~This week the "Flair Squad" consisted of pro-wrestling legends: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes!
  • October 30, 2006 - RAW: Roddy Piper, Sgt. Slaughter & Dusty Rhodes cut promo say why they should be Ric Flair's tag partner..
  • November 5, 2006 - Cyber Sunday: Fans Chose Flair's Partner: 1) Sgt. Slaughter - 2) Roddy Piper (45%) - 3) Dusty Rhodes (36%)..
  • ~~~~"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair & "Rowdy" Roddy Piper defeated The Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) to win the Tag Team titles!
  • November 20, 2006 - RAW: "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes defeated Nicky Nemeth..
  • November 26, 2006 - Survivor Series: The Flair Squad defeated The Spirit Squad in a Survivor Series Elimination match..
  • ~~~Ric Flair & Dusty Rhodes & Sgt. Slaughter & Ron Simmons defeated The Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey & Johnny & Nicky)..
  • February 12, 2007 - RAW: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper announced "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes into the WWE Hall of Fame!
  • ~~~Dusty Rhodes came out and cut a promo until both Rhodes and Roddy Piper were attacked by the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga!
  • March 31, 2007 - Hall of Fame: Dusty Rhodes was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his two sons Dustin & Cody Runnels..
  • April 1, 2007 - WrestleMania 23: HOFer Dusty Rhodes made a brief cameo during a backstage dance party started by Cryme Tyme..