Oct. 12th, 1945
Austin, Texas, USA
Dusty Rhodes' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - WWE: Allied Powers - The World's Greatest Tag Teams
Guest TV Roles
Archie 'Mad Dog' McCray
"The American Dream" has been one of the most popular and colorful professional wrestlers in history. Rhodes began wrestling in the 1960s and gained a reputation as a fast-talking, hard-rocking wrestler. He teamed early in his career with fellow Texan, the late Dick Murdoch, and for more than 20 years they wreaked havoc in on and off again tag team appearances. Rhodes, always a tough brawler with a few "scientific" moves, finally won his first NWA World heavyweight championship by beating "Handsome" Harley Race in 1979. Although his first title reign would last less than a week, Rhodes managed to capture the NWA title on two more occasions. Today Rhodes runs a small promotion called Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling and continues to wrestle. His son, Dustin Runnels, appears as Golddust on Spike TV's "Raw" series.
- Was the booker (head writer) for Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) from 1984 to 1988. Later held the same job for 'Ted Turner (I)' (qv)'s World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
- Notable title wins include: NWA North American tag team title w/'Dick Murdoch' (qv); NWA Heart of America title; NWA Brass Knuckles title; NWA Florida tag team title w/Dick Murdock; NWA North American title; NWA Florida tag team titles w/'Dick Slater' (qv); NWA Florida tag team titles w/'Bobo Brazil' (qv); NWA Florida tag team titles w/'André the Giant' (qv); NWA Southern title (7); NWA Florida title (10); NWA Georgia title; NWA United States tag team title w/Andre The Giant; NWA United States tag team title w/'Mick Foley (I)' (qv) (aka "The Spoiler"); NWA World Title (4); NWA U.S. tag team title w/'Bugsy McGraw' (qv); Global tag team title w/'Magnum TA'; NWA United States tag team title w/'Bob Windham' (qv) (aka "Blackjack Mulligan"); NWA World tag team title w/'Manny Fernandez (II)' (qv); NWA Television title (2); NWA National title (awarded); NWA World Six-man tag team trophy w/Roadwarriors (2); NWA United States Title; PWF title; Florida Championship Wrestling title.
- In addition to holding the NWA World title, Rhodes has held many other wrestling titles, including the 'NWA' World tag title (several versions, including the most famous JCP version), the 'NWA' U.S. title (Roy Shire and JCP versions), National heavyweight championship, American tag championship, Southern heavyweight championship, Florida heavyweight championship, U.S. tag championship, North American tag championship, and World television championship (JCP version).
- Broke in under the direction of 'Fritz von Erich' (qv).
- Did a radio appearance on WWBA in Tampa with Shannon Rose. Rhodes blamed the state of the business on fans thinking they are smart, 9/28/02.
- Won the 1988 Bunkhouse Stampede.
- Competed in the first mixed tag team match (teaming with 'Juanita Wright' (qv) [aka "Sapphire"]) at _WrestleMania VI (1990) (V)_ (qv).
- A former rodeo star.
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