Forgotten Legends64: Dusty Rhodes
The American Dream, average working man, son of plumber who made it to the top; he embodied the average man's success through hard work and use of opportunity in pro wrestling.
He worked predominantly in NWA and that is one of the reasons he is not as remembered as he should have been for WWE/WCW were/are the measuring stick to our generation. To his credit, he is one of the only six guys to be in all HOF that matters (read WWE/WCW/Wrestling Observer/Pro-wrestling).
Starting as a rule breaking texan cow boy heel in Texas Outlaw tag team in AWA, he turned face in Florida as a working man who made it big calling himself American Dream and Stardust(inspiration for Goldust?). He won the Florida heavyweight title in 1978 vowing to be People's champion forever in what was said to be a very emotional moment in then pro-wrestling history.
His fame and success came from opposing the horsemen teaming with Magnum TA and especially Ric Flair who was an anti-thesis to his character eventually taking both of them to greater heights where he won the NWA world title thrice.
He then joined JCP which went on to become WCW as booker creating most of the characters, PPV names, show names and bringing one of the oft used finishes, Dusty Finish to forefront where the referee gets knocked out and a run in happens followed by disqualification. He worked as Virgil Runnels, his real name as a booker and Dusty as a wrestler who was still a draw. He left it when he allowed/encouraged blood letting.
He had a unfortunate run in WWF as a polka dotted common man which was considered to be highly humiliating for he took some jibes on Vince Mcmahon during his tenure as a booker eventually leaving it and retiring.
He continued as a booker in WCW/ECW/TNA till 2005 before relegating to independent circuit in and around florida before returning to WWE for H.O.F induction as a legend, a forgotten legend.
Don't fear the axe, fear the man