CAC Mourns the Passing of Dusty Rhodes
The Cauliflower Alley Club joins the wrestling community in mourning the passing of legendary wrestler, promoter and talent coordinator Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr., better known to the world as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Runnels was not only a top draw wherever he went, but a creative powerhouse in Florida under the watchful eye of the late Eddie Graham for Championship Wrestling from Florida, in North Carolina for both Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling, in Georgia for his own Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling and later in life back in the Sunshine State for Total Nonstop Action (TNA).
In 2005 he authored his biography “Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream” and in 2006 World Wrestling Entertainment released a DVD documentary “The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story.” A member of the WWE Hall of Fame, in recent years “Dream,” as his friends often called him, worked for the WWE’s NXT development group where he taught a Presentation Skills class on the art of doing promos. Runnels is survived by his wife Michelle, daughters Kristin and Teil and their families, and sons Dustin (Goldust) and Cody (Stardust) and their families.
All of us at CAC offer our sincere condolences to the Runnels family and their friends.
— Howard Brody, CAC Executive Board Member
Photo courtesy of WWE.com.