In remembrance of The American Dream Dusty Rhodes.
October 11th 1945 – June 11th 2015
Rest in Peace Dusty. Thank you for the memories.
The American Dream was a little before my time though how important he was in the world of Wrestling is proven that I still managed to grow up with him and his legacy.
Celebrating a Dream was introduced by Vince McMahon telling us that we should celebrate the life of a great man and that is exactly what the show did.
With interviews from The Dream himself and everyone who had met him, wrestled with him or been helped, trained or given advice and help by him. Everything about the show was uplifting and positive just like the man himself including the promo that was shown on both MitB and RAW (if anyone can tell me what the song is they used for that I’d appreciate it as I really like it.)
It started from his beginnings and went all the way to his end. Some of the interviews were from years ago and obviously the most heartbreaking were taped after his death with people trying to put into words just how much the world is going to miss Dusty Rhodes.
It was nice to see so many good memories being shared and hear just how much he had touched people.
If you have the WWE Network I really think you should invest in the hour long program because it’ll break your heart but make you smile uncontrollably. You’ll remember why you grew up in love with the Dream and if you didn’t grow up in love with him you’ll suddenly feel like you did.
It is easy not to be able to find the words to say after someone has passed away, especially as a fan who never met the man. One of the coldest things someone can say is that you have no right to be upset at the death of a celebrity/wrestler/writer/etc because you didn’t know them because it takes away the very human point of either living your dream through them or coping through your life with them entertaining you.
He said it himself in a interview taped last year that he wants to be remembered as the guy who people who were having hard times could go and watch and say “yes life sucks but that guy entertained the hell outta me for 2 hours so I feel better about it” and that is why it hurts so much to say goodbye to someone like Dusty who even though he WAS before my time still managed to touch me and entertain me and remind me that life ain’t that bad.
I fail time and again to put the sadness I feel about these things into words but I don’t need to as the WWE provided such a warm and wonderful tribute to a legend who passed away far too early.
I’ll leave you with my favourite Dusty quote :
“He put hard times on Dusty Rhodes and his family. You don’t know what hard times are daddy. Hard times are when the textile workers around this country are out of work, they got 5 or 5 kids and can’t pay their wages, can’t buy their food. Hard times are when the auto workers are out of work and the tell ’em to go home. And hard times are when a man has worked at a job for thirty years, thirty years, and they give him a watch, kick him in the butt and say “hey a computer took your place, daddy”, that’s hard times! That’s hard times! And Ric Flair you put hard times on this country by takin’ Dusty Rhodes out, that’s hard times. And we all had hard times together, and I admit, I don’t look like the athlete of the day supposed to look. My belly’s just a lil’ big, my heiny’s a lil big, but brother, I am bad. And they know I’m bad.”