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Old 06-01-2013, 04:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Other Side: "Son of a plumber"/"American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

The guy with whom the crowd identified. He did not look like a professional wrestler even by a long shot. You won't even take him for someone who works around a promotion. But he had a big run and a legendary feud with Ric Flair and the Horsemen, cut excellent promos and had a run in booking side as well.

His "hard times" promo is one of the best if not the best (I consider that it is the best ever promo). What about Dusty Rhodes the wrestler? How good was he in the ring? Was Bionic Elbow even a finisher for he hit it a lot in between based on some of the matches I have seen. How was his connection with the crowd, psychology, in ring storytelling, flow and any other consideration you have in evaluating the in ring ability of a wrestler? Especially if you were around his run, was his in ring ability well suited to the times? How good was he between the bells?
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He wasn't an amazing athlete, but he absolutely had some of the best face psychology EVER. All faces should be required to go back and watch his matches when he was in his prime. He owned the crowds.
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Default Re: The Other Side: "Son of a plumber"/"American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

Dusty is a guy I liked much more when I got older. I was only a sporadic NWA viewer as a kid and was always partial to the Horsemen. Though I did think the Midnight Rider gimmick was awesome when I was 8 or 9. His WWF run sucked and the idea of that polka dot wearing goof being a former NWA champ just made that promotion seem even more inferior to my young mind.

But like I said, Big Dust grew on me as I got older. He had amazing charisma and cut some of the best promos ever. He had a terrible look and a weird speaking style, but it somehow worked for him. He could also go for a guy who was like 100% bodyfat. He'd have these great flurries of bionic elbows and punches. He'd even hit an occasional dropkick or flying body press, both of which were impressive for a man of his size. He was also one of the all time great bleeders.

Don't think the bionic elbow was ever his finisher. I remember him using a big elbow drop to a prone opponent, the sleeper (Weaver Lock) and DDT as his finishers.
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