Long before CM Punk became the “voice of the voiceless” there was the voice of the common man, and that voice was Dusty Rhodes.

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Dusty Rhodes, son of a plumber, didn’t look like your stereotypical wrestler. He didn’t have the bodybuilder’s physique, or even the biggest list of moves – but he had that one thing you can’t be taught. He had charisma. He had the gift of the gab.

Dusty Rhodes could talk you into anything. He made you believe. He made you care.

The American Dream was a true one of a kind. Anyone who has a passing interest in “old school” wrestling can do a Dusty Rhodes impression, if you will.

Even to the present day, his influence behind the scenes in NXT was undeniable. Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and more all referenced him in interviews, citing him as a mentor, and more importantly, a friend.

Thank you, Dusty.

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